Walnuts are an excellent choice when it comes to healthy snacking, one I have consistently recommended as part of an overall healthy diet. It looks like I am not alone: Researchers from the University of Scranton compared the amount of polyphenols, powerful antioxidants, in nine different types of nuts, both raw and roasted. Walnuts came out on top, whether roasted or raw - they were found to have both the highest amount of polyphenols as well as the most potent polyphenols. Some benefits of walnuts:
• They are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, protective fats that promote cardiovascular health, help maintain optimal cognitive function, and tone down inflammation.
• They provide heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.
• They help support a healthy immune system through ellagic acid, an antioxidant compound.
• They contain L-arginine, an essential amino acid which promotes healthy blood pressure.
Try adding walnuts to your hot or cold breakfast cereals, eat them as a snack, use walnut oil in salad dressings, and add to pie crusts for a nutritional boost.