For heart-healthy antioxidants, walnuts are number one
A new scientific study positions walnuts in the No. 1 slot among a family of foods that have a combination of more healthful and higher quality antioxidants than any other nut.
A handful of walnuts contains almost twice as much antioxidants as an equivalent amount of any other commonly consumed nut. But unfortunately, people do not eat a lot of them. This study suggests that consumers should eat more walnuts as part of a healthy diet.
Nuts in general have an unusual combination of nutritional benefits — in addition those antioxidants — wrapped into a convenient and inexpensive package. Nuts, for instance, contain plenty of high-quality protein that can substitute for meat; vitamins and minerals; dietary fiber; and are dairy- and gluten-free.
Years of research by scientists around the world link regular consumption of small amounts of nuts or peanut butter with decreased risk of heart disease, certain kinds of cancer, gallstones, Type 2 diabetes, and other health problems. And walnuts are the king of these.
Source: American Chemical Society