Health Benefits of Walnuts
Written by Gloria Tsang, RD of HealthCastle.com
Published in June 2006
(HealthCastle.com) Walnuts are one of the best plant sources of protein. They are rich in fiber, B vitamins, magnesium, and antioxidants such as Vitamin E. Nuts in general are also high in plant sterols and fat - but mostly monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (omega 3 fatty acids
- the good fats) that have been shown to lower LDL cholesterol.
Walnuts, in particular, have significantly higher amounts of omega 3
fatty acids as compared to other nuts.
More than a decade
of scientific evidence shows that incorporating walnuts in a healthy
diet reduces the risk of heart disease by improving blood vessel
elasticity and plaque accumulation. Walnuts have also been shown to aid
in the lowering LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) and the
C-Reactive Protein (CRP). CRP was recently recognized as an independent
marker and predictor of heart disease.
FDA Approved Health Claim for Walnuts
In 2003, the FDA recognized the benefit of nuts
and their role in heart disease prevention by approving a health claim
for 7 kinds of nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, some pine
nuts, pistachios and walnuts). These seven nuts were approved as they
are the only kinds that contain less than 4g of saturated fats per 50g.
response to a petition filed by the California Walnut Commission, the
FDA further endorsed the health benefits of walnuts by approving the
following health claim in March 2004.
This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 15 January, 2009.