Fit Tip: Have You Tried Pili Nuts? Great for Keto Folks!

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Do you eat pili nuts?

They are magnesium packed, which we look for, for our daughter’s diet… and are terrific for keto. If they’re new to you too, here are some interesting details about the nut:

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“(pronounced pee-LEE), pili nuts grow on tropical trees that are native across Southeast Asia, but they’re only grown and cultivated as a food source in the rain forests of the Philippines, where they’ve been a major source of fat and protein in people’s diets for years.

While pili nuts aren’t technically new, many of us in the U.S. are just starting to hear about this snack for one key reason: They’re the highest fat, lowest carb nut around. So, thanks in large part to the surging popularity of high-fat, low-carb keto diets, more companies are capitalizing on the trend by selling snack packs of shelled pili nuts, pili nut butter, and even yogurt featuring pili nuts (including LAVVA, a delicious plant-based yogurt).
With a rich flavor that’s somewhere between a macadamia nut and cashew, and a softer, more buttery texture than other nuts, it’s not hard to understand why they’re becoming a favorite.

👉🏼 Health benefits of pili nuts.
When you compare pili nuts to other popular nuts, it’s clear that they’re the lowest carb option by a long shot—containing just 1 gram per ounce (about ¼ cup). The only other nut that comes close is macadamia nuts with 4 grams of carbs per ounce, while cashews clock in at 9 grams and almonds at 6 grams. So if you’re on the keto diet, and you’re counting every single carb to hit your macros, then this nut could be a smart pick for snacking.
But even if you’re not overly fixated on carb count, pili nuts may be a healthy way to mix things up. “Pili nuts can be a great option to add to the rotation and incorporate heart-healthy fats into your diet,” says mbg Collective member Jess Cording, R.D. “An ounce (about 15 kernels) provides around 200 calories and 22 grams of fat—11 grams of monounsaturated fat, 8 grams of saturated fat, and 3 grams of polyunsaturated fat.”
You’ll also get 25 percent of your daily recommended intake of thiamin (aka vitamin B1), which is important for the metabolism of carbs; 10 percent of your zinc, which plays a key role in immune functioning; and 20 percent of your magnesium, which helps regulate mood and balance blood sugar, among many other things. It’s particularly exciting that pili nuts are high in magnesium since between 50 and 90 percent of people don’t have adequate levels.”
(By Stephanie Eckelkamp)

-by Fitness with Carrie

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