Healthy Food Spotlight – Walnuts

Healthy Food Spotlight – Walnuts

Walnuts are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids – the “healthy fats”. Omega-3 fats have been shown to help reduce LDL “bad” cholesterol and reduce total cholesterol levels. A handful of walnuts actually provides more than a day’s recommended amount of omega-3 fats. As a great source of antioxidants and essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B6, thiamin, folic acid, phosphorus, magnesium, and copper walnuts can help reduce the risk of some cancers and chronic diseases. Since they are a great source of protein they will keep you full longer and some studies show that eating walnuts may also improve insulin resistance in people with type 2 diabetes and reduce your risk of getting coronary heart disease.

So, throw some walnuts on your cereal, oatmeal, salad, casserole, or whatever you eat and begin receiving the heart healthy benefits of this great nut.

More information and recipes: www.walnuts.org