Walnuts are the healthiest of all the nuts and should be eaten more as part of a healthy diet, US scientists say.
Scientists from Pennsylvania told the American Chemical Society that walnuts contain the highest level of antioxidants compared to other nuts.
Antioxidants are known to help protect the body against disease.
The scientists said that all nuts have good nutritional qualities but walnuts are healthier than peanuts, almonds, pecans and pistachios
- BBC Ceefax 29/3/2011
Walnuts with their 7:1 ratio of polyunsaturated to saturated fat, cholesterol-reducing plant serums and omega-3 oils, have the highest antioxidant action of all nuts, followed by almonds and pistachios.
They are a high energy food, but should be enjoyed regularly - a handful 4 - 5 times weekly can significantly lower your blood cholesterol and can reduce your risk of suffering a heart attack by between 15 and 51 per cent
- Dr Caroline Shreeve ('Home Doctor')
Good info John & very funny Bill.
I just love walnuts. One of the wonderful things about them is that in food preparation they add extra nutrition, flavor and crunch to a meal
Benefits of Walnuts:
- Omega-3 fatty acids, thought to reduce risk of cancer (a 1/4 cup provides 90.8% of the daily value for these essential fats)
- Essential vitamins, minerals
- Antioxidants, yet are have not trans fats or cholesterol.
Walnuts, pecans and chestnuts have the highest antioxidant content of the tree nuts, with walnuts delivering more than 20 mmol antioxidants per 3 ounces (100 grams).
This is an excertpt from: http://realfoodforlife.com/nuts-seeds/
Nuts have anti-cancer and heart protective properties. Nuts generally are high in antioxidant vitamin E, which is protective against chest pain and artery damage. Nuts are also good regulators of insulin and blood sugar, preventing steep rises, making them good foods for those with glucose intolerance and diabetes...
Peanuts are oestrogenic...
Walnut and almonds help reduce cholesterol and contain high concentrations of oleic acid, a monosaturated fat, similar to that in olive oil, which is known to protect arteries from damage...
Walnuts contain ellagic acid, an antioxidant and anti-cancer substance, and are also high in omega-3 type oil.
Brazil nuts are extremely rich in selenium, an antioxidant linked to lower rates of heart disease and cancer...
- Professor Jane Plant
Excuse the pun in the heading but I need to make an important point, lest we run into health problems by treating underground-grown legumes as nuts. Peanuts are not nuts and whilst they may have some nutritional benefits they should not be eaten raw and also not in large quantities.
I love walnuts when they are soaked for a few hours. It makes them more digestable and the bonus is there is less fat in them.
added walnuts to my nightly salad, they are delicious
Researchers at Marshall University found that a daily dose of walnuts (equal to 2 ounces a day in humans) reduces the growth of breast cancer tumors in mice.
More effective than olive oil in countering the ill effects of high-fat foods (Barcelona, 2006).
May lower cholesterol and decrease heart disease. The high alpha-linolenic acid content helps maintain the elasticity of the arteries, which aids circulation..
Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/12-benefits-of-walnuts.html#ixzz1uxdXkdLG