Known for their superior taste and quality red walnuts are very rare and reserved for high-end restaurants and healthfood stores.
Walnuts are a heart-healthy food1, certified through the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check program.2 Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S.3 The good news is that many of the risk factors associated with heart disease can be controlled with dietary and lifestyle changes. Since 1993, published research has been investigating how eating walnuts affects various heart health markers such as LDL (“bad”) and HDL (“good”) cholesterol, blood pressure, inflammation, and plaque formation.
1 Supportive but not conclusive research shows that eating 1.5 ounces of walnuts per day, as part of a low saturated fat and low cholesterol diet, and not resulting in increased caloric intake may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. One ounce of walnuts provides 18g of total fat, 2.5g of monounsaturated fat, 13g of polyunsaturated fat, including 2.5g of alpha-linolenic acid, the plant-based omega-3.
2 Heart-Check Certification does not apply to scientific research by an organization other than the American Heart Association, unless expressly stated.
3 CDC. Heart Disease Facts. https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm
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Low sugar and net carbohydrate content make red walnuts a great option for managing blood sugar levels.
A healthy eating pattern that includes a variety of plant-based foods such as vegetables, fruits, grains, oils, nuts and seeds, as well as protein and fat-free or low-fat dairy, is associated with a reduced risk of certain types of cancers, according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Walnuts offer a variety of important nutrients, including good fats, making them an ideal ingredient for plant-based meals. Check out the plant-based eating tips and recipes for ways to incorporate more plant foods, like walnuts, into your diet.
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The effects of aging can impact the quality of life and the ability to maintain independence. Research on the role of diet on brain health continues to evolve. Limited evidence suggests that eating a diet containing a variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans, and seafood during adulthood is associated with lower risk of age-related cognitive impairment, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.
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Walnuts are predominantly made up of good fats, which play an important role in the diet. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends shifting food choices from those high in saturated fats to those high in good unsaturated fats, like those found in walnuts.
Walnuts can also be part of a healthy diet that won’t contribute to weight gain or hinder weight loss goals. Incorporating them into meals and snacks is a simple and convenient way to add important nutrients to your diet.
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