Going nuts

Posted on March 30, 2011

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Nuts are in and out of the news all the time … and whilst it seems only yesterday that we couldn’t get enough of almonds, now we’re told that walnuts are taking pole position.

Wonderful yet wonky walnuts.

A new study by the American Chemical Study, released earlier this week, reported that when compared to a mixed bag of other nuts …. peanuts, almonds, pistachios, macadamias, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts and pecans … walnuts were without a doubt the clear leader.

Why?

Because they have double the anti-oxidants than most other nuts … and between two and 15 times higher antioxidant levels than Vitamin E which is often touted for its great antioxidant properties.

And antioxidants help protect the body from disease … especially heart disease and cancer … by protecting our cells against the effects of free radicals. As for free radicals, these are basically the molecules produced when the body breaks down food or through environmental exposures such as tobacco smoke and radiation.

So if they’re so great for us, why aren’t we eating them more?

Many I think are put off by the high calorie content but shouldn’t be as they’re full of good fats … mono saturated and polyunsaturated fats i.e. omega three … and besides, the key is portion control.

We only need to eat seven walnuts a day to get all the benefits.

They even get a further four big ticks thanks to their high levels of protein, manganese, copper and tryptophan.

So next time you swing by Spinneys, throw in a bag of walnuts and put your health and wellbeing in seventh heaven by eating just seven walnuts a day.

Easy.

The hard part for me, will be sticking to seven and not adding a zero to the end.

Unless of course, that means the benefits are ten-fold?!

 

 

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