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Why are almonds chosen as nuts for smoothies instead of walnuts or pecans?

Asked by Aster (15648 points ) March 24th, 2014

Each time I see a video making a smoothie in go the almonds. Why is this?

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Blackberry's avatar

They’re pretty healthy compared to the other nuts?

hominid's avatar

Let’s compare the nutrition of 100g of these nuts…

calories…
– almonds 576
– pecans 690
– walnuts 654

total fat…
– almonds 49g
– pecans 72g
– walnuts 65g

saturated fat…
– almonds 3.7g
– pecans 6g
– walnuts 6g

protein…
– almonds 21g
– pecans 9g
– walnuts 15g

Almonds also have more potassium and calcium than the other two.

Cupcake's avatar

I, personally, find their flavor to be more neutral.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I heard of a doctor recommending almonds specifically to one of my clients that was having diabetic problems. I haven’t been able to find any specifics on why they’re better than other nuts.

livelaughlove21's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe Hm, I wonder what that’s about. Almonds actually have a few more carbs in them compared to other nuts. They are healthier in other ways, as @hominid listed, but diabetics are primarily concerned with carbohydrates. Weird.

Nuts in a smoothie? I’m not too sure about that one.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@livelaughlove21 That’s why it’s always stuck in the back of my mind. Weird is correct.

jca's avatar

I didn’t know they put nuts in smoothies. I know walnuts are very oily. I eat them every day and if they get onto my desk or clothes, you can just see the oil.

KNOWITALL's avatar

The doctor recommended diets usually promote unsalted almonds as your snack, too.
More of the good protein outside of meat, eggs, cheese, etc… like the DASH diet.

jca's avatar

I am a big nut eater – almonds and walnuts.

livelaughlove21's avatar

I prefer pistachios and cashews. Neither is the healthiest nut out there, but they taste best to me. I’ll eat almonds, but I get sick of them fast.

ragingloli's avatar

Because they contain cyanide. It is a devious plot to slowly poison people.
To death!

SpatzieLover's avatar

I actually just finished watching Giada on the Food Network.

She made a Banana, Walnut and Date Smoothie that I literally cannot wait to try making myself.

Almonds are more neutral in flavor with a higher protein content. Usually smoothie drinkers are looking for a protein boost.

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