Walnut Nutrition and Health Benefits
Walnuts have literally been around for almost 10,000 years. The Walnut Marketing Board established National Walnut Day in the 1950s, and we’ve celebrated on May 17 ever since.
Walnuts are the only nut with high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. If you eat just a quarter cup, you’ll have more than 100% of the daily recommended amount. These omega-3s contribute to your brain function, heart health, and reduce inflammation. Walnuts are also a good source of Vitamin E, magnesium, and antioxidants. Plus they’re high in protein and fibre, so they make a great snack.
Studies have shown that people who consumed walnuts daily for 28 days had improved memory than those who didn’t.
A handful of Walnuts can be eaten prior to a heavy meal, as they help you feeling fuller. In addition, it can boost fat loss and promote healthy body weight. This nut also helps to promote gut health which is necessary for weight management.
Walnuts are great in all sorts of sweet and savoury recipes. Eat them by themselves, or chop them up and toss them in cookies, oatmeal, salads, sauces, cakes, you name it!
Happy National Walnut Day!