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Q: RECENT ARTICLES HAVE STATED MANY HEALTH BENEFITS ABOUT NUTS, ARE THESE TRUE? A. Nuts are an excellent source of protein, fiber, vitamin E, magnesium, zinc, selenium, copper, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, biotin, riboflavin, niacin and iron. Nuts may also be a source of helpful biologically active components found in plant foods, such as phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are compounds that are potentially beneficial to people, but not currently classified as vitamins or minerals. They are important "health protectants." Phytochemicals in nuts include ellagic acid, flavonoid, phenolic compounds, luteolin (a major antioxidant), isoflavones and tocotrienols. Several recent epidemiological studies tend to show the inclusion of nuts in diets will work to decrease deaths due to cardiovascular diseases, including coronary heart disease, hypertensive heart disease, congestive heart failure, stroke and renal failure.
Q: DO NUTS HAVE CHOLESTEROL? A. No. Nuts are derived from plants. Therefore, they do not contain any cholesterol. Cholesterol is contained only in animal food. Also, most nuts are very low in saturated fat. They mainly contain polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids. You have probably heard many times that nuts are high in fat and fat is bad. But are you aware of the fact that there are two types of fat?
Saturated fat, the "bad fat," increases your low-density lipoproteins (LDS) or "bad cholesterol." You can find it in animal fat.
Unsaturated fat (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated) is not harmful, and may indeed be beneficial. It helps in raising high-density lipoproteins (HDL) or good cholesterol, thus lowering the risk of heart disease.
Q: WHAT ARE THE MOST POPULAR NUTS? A: The most popular nuts are Whole Cashews and Deluxe Mixed Nuts. Fruit and Nut Blends, such as our Fisher Fusions line, are also very popular. Although peanuts are still in everybody's pantry, consumers are exploring new nut mixes.
Q: WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO STORE NUTS? A: SNACK NUTS: Store nuts in a cool and dry area. You can also refrigerate them to help extend their freshness.
BAKING NUTS: Store nuts in a cold and dry area. If you intend to keep the nuts for a long period of time, you can freeze them. Nuts are also "refreezable." After opening, keep the nuts in an airtight container.
Q: HOW DOES FISHER STORE THEIR NUTS? WHAT IS THEIR SHELF LIFE? A: We seal our products with nitrogen to eliminate any oxygen in the package. Once the product has been opened the shelf life is about one to two weeks. Product that has been refrigerated can last up to four weeks. We recommend that you store all roasted nuts in a cool, dark place. Ideally the refrigerator would be the best option to storing open product. Raw nuts that have been opened can last up to one year if they are stored in the freezer.
Q: HOW DO I FIND THE PRODUCT EXPIRATION DATE? A: On the Fisher brand, we stamp each product with a BEST BY date. You can find this BEST BY date on either the bottom of a can, or the back or front of a film-based packaged product. We mark our product with a BEST BY date that reads MM/DD/YY (the month, day, year). It is by the date on the can that the product should be consumed for its maximum freshness.
Q: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RAW AND NATURAL? A. Nothing. They are the same.
Q: ARE NUTS ROASTED IN COOKING OILS THAT CONTAIN TRANSFATS?
A: No, our nuts are roasted in cotton seed, peanut and/or sunflower oil.
Q: ARE THERE ANY NUTRITIONAL CHANGES AS A RESULT FROM PASTEURIZATION? A: No.
Q: DO FISHER WALNUTS HAVE OMEGA 3? A: Yes, this polyunsaturated fat is naturally occurring in all walnuts.
Q: WHY DO BUTTER TOFFEE PEANUTS HAVE LESS FAT THEN DRY ROASTED PEANUTS? A: Flavored sugar coating is used to make the Butter Toffee topping (much like caramel corn). Since sugar contains no fat, there is less fat in the product.
Q: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NUTS AND PEANUTS? A: A botanical definition of a nut is a fruit with a hard, dry shell that needs to be cracked open to release the kernel. Nuts grow on trees. However, peanuts are a legume and are grown underground.
Q: WHERE DO NUTS COME FROM AND HOW ARE THEY USED? A:Almond trees seem to have originated in the Mediterranean region and are now cultivated in the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea as well as California (the largest producer of almonds in the world), Argentina and Chile. Almonds are used in many desserts but are also used as a garnish for salads, fish or meat. They are also used to make marzipan.
Brazil Nuts grow on a tall tree native to the Amazonian rain forest. Their name is taken from the fact that most of the forest is part of Brazil. The tree produces large fruits, each fruit containing up to two dozen nuts. Brazil nuts are used in pastries and as snacks.
Cashews are native to South America and are now cultivated throughout the tropics, Africa, Vietnam and Eastern India. Cashews are among the most widely cultivated nut. Cashews are a popular snack and are also used in confectionery and cooking.
Hazelnuts (or filberts) are native to Europe. Hazelnuts grow on small, bushy trees. Turkey is one of the largest producers of hazelnuts. Hazelnuts are used in snacks, baking and confectionery. They are also very popular in Spain in the famous dish called picadas.
Macadamia Nuts are native to Australia, but also grow in places like Hawaii and South Africa. Macadamia nuts are eaten as snacks and used in baking and exotic dishes.
Peanuts are a legume and grow in the ground. They are native to South America and are now cultivated in the United States, Africa, India, China and Indonesia. Peanuts are a popular snack and are also used to make cooking oil and peanut butter. They are also an ingredient in many Asian dishes.
Pecans are native to North America where they are cultivated today. Pecans are used in ice cream, baking and as a topping or filling for some entrée recipes. Pecans are also a good snacking nut.
Pine Nuts are native to areas of Europe, Asia and the U.S. and grow on trees, between the leaves of pinecones. Harvesting is quite laborious and expensive. Pine nuts are a staple in Mediterranean, Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine.
Pistachios are grown in California, Italy, Turkey and Iran, with the U.S. being the second-largest producer in the world. Pistachio trees produce a green shell with purple skin. Pistachios are not only a popular snack nut but are also used as an ingredient in many desserts. Pistachios are also used as a source of green food coloring.
Sunflower Seeds are native to the Americas and are also grown in Europe. Sunflower seeds/kernels are a popular snack and also important as a source of cooking oil. Kernels are trendy in salads.
Walnuts are grown in California, France, Italy, China and Chile. They are used in baking, snacking and are also an important source for salad oil. Walnuts are also popular in salads.
Q: CAN YOU TELL ME THE NUTRITIONAL VALUES OF NUTS? A: Go to our section on Nutrition & Health for nut nutrition.
Q: WHERE IS JBSS LOCATED? A: Based in Elgin, Illinois (Chicago suburbs), JBSS corporate headquarters serves as a centrally located hub for customers worldwide. All of our other production facilities are located in primary nut-growing regions. Our Bainbridge, Georgia, and Garysburg, North Carolina, facilities are located in the main growing regions for runner- and Virginia-type peanuts, respectively, while our walnut-shelling facility in Gustine, California, and our pecan-shelling facility in Selma, Texas, are near walnut, almond and pecan growing regions. We believe that the strategic locations of these facilities, coupled with our commitment to advanced technology, are major contributors to the quality and freshness of our nut products.