I agree that nuts are notorious. Most of them have 80% of fat contents. This is a lot of calories! And to add fuel to fire, most of us consume nuts which are heavily coated with salt, sugar or chocolate.
This article aims at throwing light on basic facts about nuts, how to choose them to get the maximum health benefit and highlighting the importance of walnuts.
Let’s look at the typical key composition of nuts:
- Unsaturated fats (mono or poly) | Omega-3 fatty acids | Protein | Fiber | Powerhouse of antioxidants | Vitamin E
Each of these components is essential for a healthy metabolic process. It keeps organs healthy, improves immunity and provides protection against cancer and other degenerative diseases. Nuts are cholesterol free and hardly have a trace of sodium. Hence they are a good source of healthy fat and can substitute for other alternatives as fried food, cream & chips. All nuts are friendly when consumed in its natural form. It is recommended to include them in morning breakfast.
- Walnuts are revered from ancient time as a symbol of intellectuality since its kernels resemble like brain. Beyond that it has the highest (72%) content of poly-unsaturated fatty acids which lowers LDL and improves HDL thereby preventing strokes and coronary artery disease.
- Walnuts have highest levels of antioxidants than any other edible nuts. Eating 5-6 average sized nuts a day could help scavenge disease causing free radicals from the body.
- In addition to this, walnuts are an excellent source of Vitamin-E, which is a powerful lipid soluble antioxidant, required for maintaining the integrity of cell membrane and prevention of plaque formation.
Just one precaution – being a king of nuts, it needs to be consumed either fresh or should be stored in zero degree Celsius in low humidity. Never consume stale walnuts as fungal infested walnuts produces aflatoxin, which is a potent carcinogen.
Add nuts in your daily diet and enjoy the benefits of good health forever…