Nuts are extremely beneficial parts of any diet, and they contain a wide variety of health benefits that include their ability to balance cholesterol levels, increase heart health, reduce blood pressure and clots, boost the immune system, aid in weight loss, help manage diabetes, improve digestive function, optimize the body’s metabolism, increase skin health, prevent cancer, increase cognitive function, protect against viral and fungal infections, and increase red blood cell count. The term “nut” is used quite broadly in culinary applications, but in terms of botany and science, nuts are actually fruits that contain shells and seed, but technically, nuts do not naturally expel their seeds. Hazelnuts, chestnuts, and acorns do not separate their shells and seeds, and they are scientifically classified as nuts. The rest are seeds, but they are frequently called nuts. In terms of nutritious value and impact, the two types of seeds and nuts are very similar, so for our purposes, we’ll be discussing all of them as nuts.