Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Walnuts are GOOD for you!

While nuts of all types have health benefits... walnuts have a secret weapon, six times more of a compound called ALA (alpha linolenic acid). You convert ALA - albeit slowly - to DHA, an omega 3 fatty acid that supports brain health and a whole lot more. So besides tasting great, walnuts can:
  1. Bring down lousy LDL cholesterol: just 8 - 13 nuts a day drop LDL by six per cent.
  2. Decrease your risk of a heart attack: 12 walnuts halves a day decreases the risk of a heart attack by 60 per cent.
  3. Lower your diabetes risks: If you eat an ounce of nuts or a couple tbsps of almond butter five times a week, your risk of type 2 diabetes drops by half.
  4. Nix extra waist: The healthy fat in about 6 walnuts halves starts a chain reaction that slows the rate at which your stomach empties. Eating them about 25 minutes before a meal helps you feel more satisfied by that meal.

Try walnuts in my recipe for Mushroom-Walnut Pate!!!

1 comment:

  1. I love walnuts! Awesome post. I think I will switch to almond butter...