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Walnuts: The Crinkly Powerfood

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Walnuts: The Crinkly Powerfood

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:

  1. High in omega-3 fatty acids (just 1/4 cup provides 90.8 percent of the daily value).
  2. Filled with good protein (a single serving has more protein than one egg).
  3. Rich source of minerals (manganese, copper, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium).
  4. Has no trans fats or cholesterol.
  5. Walnuts have some of the highest antioxidant content of all tree nuts.
  6. High in vitamin E.
  7. Are excellent for the heart and circulatory system.
  8. Packed with B vitamins.
  9. 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.
  10. More effective than olive oil in countering the ill effects of high-fat foods (Barcelona, 2006).
  11. May lower cholesterol and decrease heart disease.  The high alpha-linolenic acid content helps maintain the elasticity of the arteries, which aids circulation.
  12. 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.
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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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1:23AM PDT on Oct 6, 2013

thx

11:46PM PDT on Oct 5, 2013

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11:32AM PDT on Sep 3, 2013

Thank you for sharing

7:02AM PDT on Aug 28, 2013

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9:42AM PDT on Aug 27, 2013

Thanks.

7:53AM PDT on Aug 27, 2013

great info! I have a walnut tree in my garden (south of Sweden), last year it produced around 100 nuts. I think it's going to be like that this year as well, they're even bigger. I let the squirrel pick too!

4:35AM PDT on Aug 21, 2013

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6:57AM PDT on Aug 20, 2013

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3:53PM PDT on Aug 17, 2013

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1:51AM PDT on Aug 17, 2013

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