Keto Friendly Nuts - hint most of them

We wanted to help you find out which nuts, if any, are good choices for a keto friendly diet. We put together a chart that helps compare the nutrient makeup of a lot of the nuts we sell. The center of the graphic shows what the ketogenic diet recommends you consume in fat, protein and carbohydrates to achieve a state of ketosis. The surrounding charts show the nutrient makeup of raw nuts we sell in those same categories. This is one quick way to see which nuts best fit your dietary needs. For nutrition there is a lot more to it than just fat, proteins and carbohydrates so you need to inform yourself about the other things your body needs, but this is a good start to see what nuts are keto friendly.
No nut seems to fit the bill exactly, but the beauty of nuts for keto dieters is that they are mostly fat. For example Macadamia nuts are 95% fat and the least fatty nut on our list is the cashew that is still 70% fat. When your diet strategy looks like the keto diet chart then nuts are a terrific choice. If you are looking to find raw nuts we sell them in our store or on our website. We also offer a large variety of other nuts that are roasted and salted, but keep in mind that does change the nutrition information slightly. We roast nuts in peanut oil and this slightly increases the fat content and, therefore drops the ratios of proteins and carbohydrates. Salt doesn't add any calories, but you should be careful with how much you consume as high sodium intake can contribute to higher blood pressure according to the American Heart Association.

Have you heard about the keto diet? I keep running into people that avoid carbs because they've gone keto. I have one friend that has lost 70 lbs and has 40 more to go which is an amazing accomplishment. After hearing his success story I decided to do some exploring. First off keto reminds me of the Atkins diet that was very popular about 10-15 years ago. That diet focused on eating mostly fat and protein and avoiding carbs. People were claiming to lose a lot of weight all while eating fatty foods.

To my surprise Atkins is still a thing. It's just not generating the buzz that keto is right now. Rob Lowe is the current poster child for the Atkins company sharing how their diet is still relevant and sustainable.

Both diets seem so contradictory to what we were taught about nutrition. Remember the four food groups or the food pyramid? Those dietary guidelines were taught in schools, on public service ads and were promoted by food companies. I remember looking at this food pyramid many times on the side of cereal boxes while growing up. The pyramid suggested to me that the foundation to a healthy diet was grains, pasta, cereal and rice. The USDA has evolved over time and we currently have the Choose My Plate diagram, but it still shows grains as an important part of a balanced diet.

In stark contrast the keto diet suggests avoiding these "fundamental" foods. Look closely at the keto image I posted and you won't find any breads or grains. Most keto diet charts suggests only 5% of your calories come from carbs i.e. breads, cereals and grains.
It's fascinating that these dietary guidelines can be so
fundamentally different. That has always made me think that Atkins or Keto must not be sustainable practices, but rather a diet plan that can achieve weight loss goals. Rob Lowe and the Atkins company are telling us that isn't the case. And if Rob Lowe tells you it's true, well who's to argue that, right?

The keto diet is popular now, but according to Wikipedia it was developed in the 1920's to prevent seizures for people with epilepsy. Glucose plays a key role in brain function and when fats are converted to fatty acids and ketone bodies for energy they replace glucose in the brain. Ketosis is the end result. Forcing the body into a state of ketosis has been studied to treat brain disorders like Alzheimer's disease, autism or Parkinson's disease. Here is a study that states a low carb diet like keto achieves weight loss without significant health risks. But then here is an article that talks about the potential major health risks associated with a low carb diet. The major health risks can result from only focusing on the categories of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. To achieve a sustainable keto diet you must consider more aspects of nutrition like vitamins or fiber. So our disclaimer is that nuts can be a terrific part of any diet, but make sure you inform yourself on your diet plans to avoid unintended health issues.

Ultimately it is your body and what you put into it is your decision. There are health risks associated with diet decisions; any diet decisions have pros and cons. You need to make dietary decisions for yourself and it's up to you to be informed about what you choose to eat.

If you have any nut questions we can answer we would love to help out. Please contact us and the answers could be included in our next newsletter.

We're In The Store!

We are proud to announce that a selection of our delicious products can be found at The Store in Holladay! This is a new program that allows us to distribute our freshly roasted cashews closer to you. We are currently offering 25 different products and The Store will be restocked weekly with the freshest and highest quality nuts.

Come to The Store and find the finest Roasted Almonds, Smokehouse Almonds, Spanish Peanuts and a variety of our very own creations like Deluxe Mix, New Orleans Mix, Cajun Cashews or Jalapenuts.

The variety will change along with the seasons so you can definitely find our gifts in The Store at the appropriate times. You can always find everything we offer on our website or at our Factory Store in downtown Salt Lake City.

While you're there you can find fresh baked goods in the bakery up front. Or head to the deli in the back and have them make you an amazing sandwich. Such a fun store to visit in a great location.

Father's Day 97.5 and 1280 The Zone Sports Network Free Shipping Offer

Listen today 6/11/18 from noon-3 pm for


Listen to The Zone Sports Network on 1280 AM or 97.5 FM from noon till 3 pm today. We are offering free delivery for any orders of the Father of the Year crate. This offer is only valid today so take advantage!!

*Today only we are offering free shipping for all orders of our Father of the Year crate. Free delivery offer only applies to shipping addresses within our delivery area of North Ogden to Provo Utah and east to Park City.

You can place your order on our website, by calling in 801-363-8869 or you can come to our store.

Fathers Day Gifts & Radio Schedule

Happy Father's Day!

We will be running ads on KSL 1160 AM 102.7 FM for our Father's Day promotion. Here is the schedule on KSL:
  • Thursday from 5:30-6:30 pm live in studio with Jeff Caplan
    • Watch online for a chance to win a Father's Day gift basket and see our squirrel
  • We also have a 60 second ad running 10 times from 6/4-6/10 - Let us know what you think
Then we are running a campaign on The Zone Sports Network 1280 AM and 97.5 FM:
  • Monday June 11 from Noon until 3 pm we are thrilled to have Hans and Scottie come do a live remote from our store.
    • Come meet Scottie and Hans and have a chance for some free swag
  • There will be multiple ads running on The Zone from 6/5-6/16 - Tell us if you like them
We want to show off the special gifts we created with dads in mind. Find these on our website or come by our store.

Here is a peak at these 4 gifts:

Dadstachio - This crate is packed with 2.5 lbs of pistachios. Dad loves them.
 The Craftsman - Comes with a unique hand-made nut dispenser and the goods to load it with. The perfect addition to Grandpa's collection. It will keep the grand-kids entertained and in love with granddad.
 Father of the Year - Only the finest fathers deserve this gift! It is loaded with our premium roasted products and will make your dad feel really special. 13 pounds of a variety of men's favorite products. King size cashews, California dry-roasted pistachios, smokehouse almonds and more await dad. Enough product that he might even share...we said might.
 Utah's Own - We created a crate full of gourmet products all made right here in Utah. Enjoy Laurie's Buffalo Gourmet tortilla chips with Tagge's Sweet Corn Salsa. Try Cornaby's Raspberry Chipotle sauce as a dip or on the grill. Some sweet raw honey by Cox's farms. How about some delicious Pioneer Valley fruit syrup? And, of course, a couple items made by Western Nut - our premium deluxe mix and some Paul's Cashew brittle.

Mother's Day Gift Basket GiveAway!

Mother's Day Gift Basket

It's time for Mother's Day and we are giving away this gift basket worth over $100 to one lucky winner. This gift was created by Cindy and Melissa at our store and they know what moms like.

It includes our healthy AntiOxidant Mix, Chocolate Covered All Nut Bridge Mix, Lemon Creme Almonds, Holland Mints, Lahna's Hand Crafted Chocolates, Hello Sunshine Manicure Set, 2 Adorable Kitchen Towels and a bottle of Naked Bee Hand Lotion all contained in a keepsake trunk. Oh and, of course, it's wrapped and ready to give to that special Mom in your life.

Here are the rules:

1. Come to our store and fill out 5 entry slips. That’s worth 5 entries.
2. Like us on Facebook and share it with your friends. 1 entry
3. Follow @WesternNut on twitter and tag a friend. 1 entry
4. Follow @westernutco on Instagram and share with your friends. Worth 1 entry.

That's a total of 8 possible entries. One lucky winner will be drawn on Friday May 11th at 3 pm. We will then get your prize to you if you're the one. 

If you aren't the lucky winner we can make this basket for you as well...yeah we like selling stuff, too.