I love walnuts! My mom loved to cook with them because they add flavor and crunch to any meal. Now I know that walnuts are also highly nutritious, so much so that I consider them a powerfood.
12 Benefits of Walnuts:
- High in omega-3 fatty acids (just 1/4 cup provides 90.8 percent of the daily value).
- Filled with good protein (a single serving has more protein than one egg).
- Rich source of minerals (manganese, copper, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium).
- Has no trans fats or cholesterol.
- Walnuts have some of the highest antioxidant content of all tree nuts.
- High in vitamin E.
- Are excellent for the heart and circulatory system.
- Packed with B vitamins.
- 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.
- In Chinese medicine, walnuts tonify the kidneys, strengthen the back, act as an astringent to the lungs, relieve asthma, lubricate the intestines and aid rebellious chi.
Walnut Facts: Did You Know…?
- It would take 1,051,818,240 walnuts laid end to end to circle the equator.
- Walnuts are the oldest tree food known to humans, dating back to 7000 B.C.
- California produces two-thirds of the world’s walnuts.
- Walnuts are the easiest nut to crack. Some people can do so with their hands.
- Walnuts have crinkles on the inside AND the outside. (thus the title)
- Dr Oz says they are his favorite nut as long as they are soaked.