Q: Should I store nuts in the fridge?

A: No, nuts stay fresh longer if stored in a cool, dark, airtight container at room temperature.

Q: What is the healthiest nut?

A: All nuts are healthy in moderation – a handful of nuts a day is a recommended addition to any diet for a healthier heart, dietary control of Type 2 diabetes and weight maintenance. For more information, visit www.nutsforlife.com.au.

Q: Do nuts contain cholesterol?

A: No, only animal products contain cholesterol. While most tree nuts are high in oil (40% – 70% is average), most is poly- or monounsaturated “good” oil.

Q: Won’t nuts make me fat?

A: Studies indicate that including a handful of nuts a day in your diet is more likely to help you control rather than gain weight. As with all food, moderation is the key.

Q: I’m allergic to peanuts. Can I safely eat other nuts?

A: Peanuts are legumes and have a different protein profile from tree nuts. If you are prone to allergies you should be tested before trying new allergenic foods, but many people with peanut allergy can safely eat tree nuts.Be aware that the test for tree nut allergy uses “mixed nuts”, which may contain peanuts. Ask for a test which excludes peanuts if you want to be certain.

Q: Why do walnuts have that horrid bitter taste?

A: Walnut skins can have a slight bitterness, depending on the variety, however good fresh walnuts should taste sweet and, well, nutty. If you taste an unpleasant rancid or ‘off’ flavour it is because the walnut is rancid or off. Take it back where it came from and complain.

Q: Are brazil nuts really a good source of selenium?

A: Yes. Brazil nuts concentrate various minerals that are present in the soil the tree is growing in and can contain anywhere from 230 to 5300 micrograms of selenium per 100 grammes of nuts. The RDI is 70 micrograms, which amounts to two to four nuts per day.