Seven walnuts per day for a healthy heart
Healthy living is not that difficult: only 7 walnuts per day reduce the risk of heart disease. The walnut appears one of the healthiest nuts to be.
Walnuts have – compared with 8 other nuts – most antioxidants. Also they are the richest with healthy fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals.
Eating nuts regularly, will reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, some cancers and type 2 diabetes. But until now it was not known which nuts are the healthiest.
Therefore, scientists from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania compared 9 different nuts, including walnuts, hazelnuts, peanuts and cashews.
Walnuts were the best performers.
“A handful contains nearly twice as many antioxidants as the same amount of any other nut. But unfortunately there’s not much of them included in our diet.” said study director Dr. Joe Vinson. ”This research shows that walnuts should have bigger part of a healthy diet.”
The research team found not only that walnuts contain more antioxidants, but also more potent antioxidants. The antioxidants found in walnuts were between 2 and 15 times more powerful than vitamin E, known for its antioxidant properties.
One of the great benefits of walnuts, according to Dr. Vinson is that walnuts could be eaten without heat treatment.