Whether enjoyed alone or in a recipe, nuts provide a satisfying crunch and a pleasing earthy flavor. At CVS, you can find a huge selection of nuts that are great for snacking and using for cooking and baking. You can shop online and enjoy the convenience of shipping to your home or use the store availability tool to find your favorite nuts at a CVS location near you.
A nut is actually a fruit produced by a tree; however, unlike conventional fruits, nuts are dry inside and become hard when they reach maturity. Trees use nuts to reproduce, but people around the world have been gathering them to eat as food for centuries. Nuts contain a number of beneficial nutrients, including dietary fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E. In addition, nuts are a good source of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and the amino acid l-arginine, which are believed to promote heart health. Nuts also contain plant sterols that have been shown to lower cholesterol levels.
There are many different types of nuts to choose from. Some popular varieties include almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pistachios and walnuts. Many of these types of nuts are available for purchase individually. You can also buy mixed nuts that contain two or more varieties of nuts.
Once you have focused on the type of nut that you prefer, you can compare other features of the products to find the best one for your needs. Start by considering the forms of the nuts. Are they still in the shells? Are they de-shelled but whole or have they been halved or chopped? Do you need raw nuts or nuts that have already been roasted? It's also important to consider the preparations. Some nuts are plain, while others are salted or mixed with other spices. Typically, plain nuts are used for baking and cooking. Seasoned options may be preferred when you're enjoying nuts as a snack on their own.
When you're eating nuts as a snack, it's important to consider the serving size printed on the packaging. Although nuts contain many beneficial nutrients, they are also high in calories. This makes it important that you practice good portion control and limit the amount of nuts that you eat in one sitting. Keep in mind that salted nuts may not be suitable for low sodium diets.