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Walnuts


How to describe them?
Walnuts (genus Juglans) are plants in the family Juglandaceae. They are decidours trees. 10–40 meters tall. The hard brown walnut shell is covered by a green husk that turns black after falling off.
The walnut kernel possess two lobes that look like abstract butterflies. The lobes are off white in color and sheltered by a thin, light brown skin. They are partially attached to each other. The kernels are enclosed in round or oblong shells that are brown in color, rough and hard from outside.


Walnut nutrition

Walnuts are the best source of omega-3 fatty acids, a special type of fat that is essential for our bodies, but that the body cannot make.

Nutrient Value per 100 grams Units
Energy
618
kcal
Protein
24.06
g
Water
4.56
g
Lactose
0.00
g
Sucrose
1.00
g
Walnuts rich in Vitamins
Vitamin C
1.7
mg
Riboflavin
0.130
mg
Niacin
0.470
mg
Vitamin B 6
0.583
mg
Folic acid
0
mcg
Pantothenic acid
1.660
mg
Vitamin B 12 , added
0.00
mcg
Vitamin A, IU
40
IU
Tocopherol, gamma
28.48
mg
Amino acids
Valine
1.271
g
Phenylalanine
1.094
g
Leucine
1.684
g
Glutamic acid
5.152
g
Walnuts-Great source of alpha-linolenic acid
Walnuts-rich-in-vitamins

  • Walnuts contain many powerful antioxidants, including ellagic and gallic acids, antioxidant phenols and vitamin E.
  • Good source of manganese and minerals.
  • Walnuts also contain antioxidants and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a plant-based omega-3 fatty acid.


Walnut Health Benefits

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.



Walnuts are often known as a "brain food," not only because of the wrinkled brain-like appearance of their shells, but since they high concentration of omega-3 fats. For your brain cells to function properly, this structural fat needs to be primarily the omega-3 fats found in walnuts and cold-water fish.
The cell membranes of our body including the neurons in our brain are composed of fats. They are the gate keepers to allow certain things and disallow others into the cell. Omega 3 is especially a fluid which makes the whole process a lot easier, thus maximized the cells ability to promote nutrients and eliminating wastes, a good way to keep them away.
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