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Marks & Spencer Hickory Smoked Almond & Macadamia Nuts: A Crazy Nutty Loopy Product Review!
Snack reviews, right? You’re not expecting me to say, ‘Hey, it’s practically health food! It’s totally good for you! Chow down, relax, it’s all good and you don’t have to worry!’ Well, actually, when it comes to nuts I personally classify them as one of the good guys anyway. Monounsaturated fat! Vitamin E! Tell me anything bad about them, go ahead, I’ve got my fingers in my ears and la! La! La! I can’t hear you anyway! (While I’m busy scoffing handfuls at impressive speed.)
Of course, no-one could classify nuts in general as a low-fat or low-calorie snack. But is that the only consideration to take into account when it comes to your diet? I think not. There's more to the whole business of nutrition than fat content or fattening potential. Nuts contain vitamins, minerals like calcium and magnesium, appreciable quantities of fiber and heart healthy fat. Should we really be worried about including them in our diets?
One of my favourite nutty snacky delights of late has been the discovery of Marks & Spencer Hickory Smoked Almond & Macadamia Nuts. Are these truly delicious? Oh my god. Once you have the tub opened, all your good intentions will go out of the window, at least if you're anything like me. Seriously, I was barely aware how fast I was hoovering them up until the pack was almost empty.
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Do you really want the nutritional low-down on this yummy snack? C'mon, the boring stuff? Oh well, if you insist... Taking a look at the labelling on the tub, we see that protein content is 16 grams per 100 grams, carbohydrate content is 6.4 grams per 100 grams, the all-important fat content is 60.1 grams, and fiber comes in at an impressive 10 grams. Calories? 630 per 100 grams. See, you didn't really want to know that, did you? Pack size is 320 grams in total: maybe some restraint is required!
The good news, checking out other labelling info, is that this product is suitable for vegetarians. No word on whether it also has the green light for vegans, but there's no mention of lactose on the ingredients list. You'd be surprised: I've seen it on packaged nuts before. The tub also proudly bears the 'not suitable for nut allergy sufferers' warning. Yes, we're all well used to that now!
You have the info. Now, if you're looking for a delicious roasted smoky nutty snack – you know where to go!
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