If you are going a little more towards nuts, doesn't matter. You can now have a handful of walnuts and enjoy them after a heavy fat meal. Walnuts, a rich source of the omega-3 fat improve the artery function after a fat meal. New research shows that eating a handful of raw walnuts along with meals high in saturated fat appears to limit the possibility of the harmful fat to damage arteries.
The research, conducted at the University of Barcelona's Hospital Clínico, appears in the Oct. 17, 2006 edition of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
"People would get the wrong message if they think that they can continue eating unhealthy fats provided they add walnuts to their meals," said Emilio Ros, MD, PhD, director of the Lipid Clinic at Hospital Clínico in Barcelona, Spain, the principal site where the research was conducted. "Instead, they should consider making walnuts part of a healthy diet that limits saturated fats.
Walnut provides vascular protection. It helps to decrease the sudden onset of inflammation and oxidation in the arteries.