We’ve just tuned into the ‘Get Crackin’ ad campaign by Wonderful for their pistachio nuts: A bunch of clever commercials that tout pistachios as the lowest fat, lowest calorie nut.

It got us to wondering… how much lower in fat and calories are pistachios? We went to the Mayo Clinic and found an article comparing the fat and caloric values of nuts. Pistachios are indeed the lowest calorie nut per ounce, but there is not a huge difference between 1 oz of pistachios (weighing in at 162 calories) and cashews (163), almonds (169) or hazelnuts (183). The article does underscore nuts are really, really good for you:

“… eating about a handful (1.5 ounces, or 42.5 grams) a day of most nuts, such as almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, some pine nuts, pistachio nuts and walnuts, may reduce your risk of heart disease. But again, do this as part of a heart-healthy diet. Just eating nuts and not cutting back on saturated fats found in many dairy and meat products won’t do your heart any good.

We hate to brag, but we were already on to this and keep a stash of nuts on hand as our late afternoon go to munch food. Actually, we love all nuts (plants or people), but they are high in calories (the nuts). So, control yourself.

One more thing about nuts– great nuts make great gifts. We have a particular weakness for these hazelnuts from Fastachi.

Go nuts.