Did you know that less than 10% of Americans consume tree nuts in their raw form? Tree nuts include walnuts, brazil nuts, hazelnuts,cashews, pecans, pine nuts, almonds and pistachios. Today we’ll talk about walnuts.
Walnuts are simply wonderful. They’re tasty, affordable and healthy. They’re full of antioxidants, vitamin E and have been shown to help in the digestion of fats.
A serving of walnuts (about 1/3 cup) can provide you with about 10% of your daily protein AND fiber needs. Although walnuts are high in fat, these are healthy fats. A 1/3 cup serving clocks in at 180-200 calories, yet a recent study showed that walnut consumption does not cause weight gain.
In 2010, the FDA issued a warning letter to Diamond Food, that it had gone overboard with its health claims for walnuts, to the point that they would have to be classified as drugs.
In order for you to get the best health benefits from walnuts, follow these suggestions:
1. Eat raw walnuts. Roasting them reduces antioxidant levels.
2. Do not remove the thin skin layer. Many of the beneficial phenols are in the skin.
3. Adding walnuts to meals with saturated fat content aids in digestion.
You don’t need to eat tons of walnuts to get their benefits. Adding a mere 7 walnuts a day to your diet would bring positive results.
How do you incorporate walnuts in your meals?