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Walnuts May Be The Best Choice Among Nuts

March 31, 2011 by  

Walnuts may be the best choice among nutsWhen compared to the nutritional and antioxidant content of pistachios, peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, cashews, macadamia nuts and pecans, walnuts came out on top as the most nutrient-dense of them all, according to researchers at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania.

Walnuts are high in protein, fiber, vitamin E and other essential vitamins and minerals. Despite this, Americans consume very little of the nut.

"A handful of walnuts contains almost twice as much antioxidants as an equivalent amount of any other commonly consumed nut. But unfortunately, people don't eat a lot of them. This study suggests that consumers should eat more walnuts as part of a healthy diet," said study author Joe Vinson, Ph.D.

In addition to dominating other nuts in the nutrient department, walnuts are also commonly eaten raw. This is an advantage since roasting nuts — and other foods — has the ability to destroy vitamins, minerals and fiber.

Study authors noted that while walnuts are rich in mono- and polyunsaturated fats and high in calories, they are not likely to cause weight gain since they have a tendency to quickly satiate hunger, which prevents overeating.  

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  • everett

    yeah, walnuts needs alot of its antioxidants since they can go rancid faster, especially if brused

  • JimH

    It figures the $5 a pound nuts are the best ones and not the $3 a pound ones. I can die poor and healthy or rich and sick. Decisions, decisions.

  • BimBam

    Don’t forget to soak nuts or grains to get rid of phytic acid. A mineral destroyer.

  • GregS

    The author forgot to mention that walnuts have a higher amount of omega-3 than other nuts, which is a good thing. I have them every day in a salad.

  • Cathy

    I eat them EVERY morning with an apple. This combo tastes GREAT!

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