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What You Didn’t Know About Walnuts

It turns out that walnuts have surprising health benefits that you may not have realized.  The World’s Healthiest Foods explains the details.

Walnuts have an interesting history. What is known as the “English Walnut” can actually be traced back to India and also the areas surrounding the Caspian Sea. It most likely acquired the name when it was brought to the Americas by English trading ships. Black and white walnuts are from North America in the Mississippi Valley and the Appalachian Mountains. China produces the most walnuts in the world with the U.S. being second.

Nutritional Benefits of Walnuts

Walnuts contain several nutrients. These include:

  • Copper
  • Biotin
  • Molybdenum
  • Manganese

Interestingly 0.25 cup of English walnuts (30 grams) contains a whopping 113% of omega-3 fats. Omega-3’s are very important for our health.

Walnuts are very helpful for improving cardiovascular health. Consuming walnuts helps lower LDL cholesterol (the bad kind of cholesterol) as well as reducing total cholesterol levels.  They also can lower blood clotting risk as well as inflammation. No doubt these results are due to the high omega-3 content in walnuts.

Another way walnuts are nutritionally beneficial is with type 2 diabetes. Because type 2 diabetes is connected to other health problems including cardiovascular issues, walnuts can help treat this problem. This comes by improving blood vessel health and lowering fat levels in the bloodstream. In turn, this helps type-2 suffers to better control their diabetes.

How to Prepare Walnuts

Be sure to prepare the World’s Healthiest Foods by leaving the skin on walnuts. The skin is a whitish and waxy/flakey covering on the outside of the nut but underneath the outer shell. Although it can taste slightly bitter, research has found that the skin contains a lot of phenol nutrients.

Want to learn more about walnuts and their health benefits? You can read the full post by the World’s Healthiest Foods here:  What’s New and Beneficial about Walnuts.