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:
- 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.
Nuts are high in calories, so instead of just adding walnuts to your diet, use them to replace other high saturated foods. Limit your intake to 1.5 oz (about 20 walnut halves) per day.
For example, instead of:
- snacking on cookies and sugary treats, eat walnuts as snacks
- using meat, add walnuts in your salad or pasta for some crunch
- of eating bacon and eggs for breakfast, add walnuts as a protein to your oatmeal, breakfast cereal or yogurt.
The best way to get the health benefits walnuts is to soak them; learn about Soaking Nuts and Seeds.
Recipes With Walnuts:
Gluten-Free Hermit Cookies
Also …Another Powerfood Nut
About Diana Herrington
I am the Founder and Author at Real Food For Life. Taught cooking classes worldwide. Create original, healthy recipes and menus, which are gluten free and white sugar free. Also, the author of the GREEN means LEAN and Balance Your Body e-books. I turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar free, gluten free eating and cooking.