National Nut Day History
National Nut Day is a public observance in celebration of all the good things about nuts. Nuts are fruits composed of a hard outer shell with a seed inside. They are high in fat, protein and vitamins and minerals. Although not all of the nuts that we consume today are "true" nuts, they are all celebrated on National Nut Day. It is observed on October 22nd each year.
National Nut Day Facts
- No one really knows the origin of this day. Was it intended to celebrate all the nutty people and crazy behavior in the world? Or, was is a day dedicated to celebrating the edible 'nut' so many people eat?
- Peanuts are legumes, a member of the Pea family, not really nuts.
- There are about 540 peanuts in a 12 ounce jar of peanut butter.
- Nuts do not contain any cholesterol. In fact, nuts contain mono-unsaturated fatty acids especially oleic acid. It helps to lower LDL or 'bad cholesterol' and increases HDL or 'good cholesterol' level in the blood.
- Walnuts are considered one of the healthiest nuts. Walnuts contain the most omega-3 fatty acids. Walnuts also contain antioxidants that promotes immune system heath.
National Nut Day Top Events and Things to Do
- Eat nuts for lunch, dinner or as a snack.
- Learn more about the heath benefits of nuts and general healthy eating by watching a documentary. Some of our picks: Food Matters (2008), Hungry For Change (2012) and Making the Connection (2011)
- Try some of the lesser known nut butters: Almond Butter, Pecan Butter, Cashew and Hazelnut butter.
- Cook or bake something that uses nuts. Try banana nut muffins, orange and nut squares, or Macadamia nut Crusted Mahi Mahi.
- Visit your doctor and get your heart rate and cholesterol checked. Nuts have been linked to lower cholesterol, better heart health and even a lower cancer risk.