So, what’s up with walnuts?
Is it a coincidence they’re shaped like a heart? I think not.
Based on research I’ve done, including lots of information I found on the California Walnuts website, it seems clear that they’re not just packed with nutrition.
Let’s talk about nutrition first, then heart-health benefits.
Walnuts are the only nut that is considered a complete food. Here’s the nutritional chart based on a 1 ounce serving, or about 1/4 of a cup.
Heart Health Benefits
Walnuts are chocked full of antioxidants, and they control free radicals, which in turn, help to protect us from many chronic diseases – including HEART DISEASE!
Walnuts are a great alternative to fish when looking for sources of omega-3 for the vegan diet. Studies have shown that walnuts have high omega-3, and can indeed improve high cholesterol.
According to the Mayo Clinic, mega-3 fatty acids, or alpha-linolenic acid, reduce heart disease, and can significantly reduce C-reactive protein and LDL “bad” cholesterol, two markers for heart disease.
Walnuts are also high in fiber, which makes you feel full faster, and may help you eat less. Anything that might help with weight loss is a plus for me…lol.
There’s more good news. My dietician recommended that I take plant sterols, as they help lower cholesterol. Actually, she said to eat a certain margarine that has plant sterols added to it. Since I don’t eat margarine, I bought plant sterols at the natural health store, and sprinkle about a teaspoon on my food every day.
Well, here’s the good part, sterols naturally occur in nuts.
Yep, I’m loving walnuts!