Walnuts have become the latest food item to gain ‘superfood’ status, being hailed as the healthiest nuts to eat in the world.
Scientists from the University of Scranton in America have discovered walnuts are rich in antioxidants and other nutrients.
According to the researchers, eating just seven walnuts a day can help to reduce cholesterol levels and even ward off diseases.
Walnuts were found to contain high levels of polyphenols, an antioxidant which prevents tissue damage from molecules.
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They topped the ‘healthiest’ ranking of nine commonly eaten nuts and were closely followed by Brazil nuts, pistachios, cashew nuts and hazelnuts.
“A handful of walnuts has almost twice the antioxidant content as an equivalent amount of any other commonly consumed nut,” said Joe Vinson, the lead author of the study.
“Walnuts rank above Brazil nuts, pistachios, pecans, peanuts, almonds, macadamias, cashews and hazelnuts.
“In addition to providing fibre, high-quality protein and an excellent source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), our research shows that an ounce of walnuts has more antioxidants than the daily sum of what the average person gets from fruits and vegetables,” he added.
“People would be 'nuts' not to consume them daily.”
Meanwhile, Wendy Bazillian, a professional dietician, said in a press release: “Dr. Vinson's research gives us another great reason to incorporate nutrient-rich nuts in our diet and it's exciting to see the omega-3 rich walnuts ranked highest in polyphenols - an important group of antioxidants with a promising array of health benefits from our brains to our hearts and beyond.
“This research further shows us why we should feel good about sprinkling, spooning and snacking on walnuts as a delicious AND nutritious part of our every day,” she said.
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