Walnuts May Be as Heart Healthy as Olive Oil

Shelled Walnut Halves

Walnuts are akin to olive oil

The beneficial list of consuming walnuts goes on and on in the scientific literature. The good news for you is that not only do walnuts help maintain and healthy weight management plan, they have also been shown to help reduce developing breast and prostate cancer, help improve neurological function, assist in reducing blood pressure and act as overall antioxidants to the body. Recent research asserted by the Journal of the American College of Nutrition has even suggested that consuming walnuts may be as heart healthy as olive oil. ALA, or alpha linolenic acid, one of the beneficial omega 3 fatty acids that can be converted to EPA and DHA is rich in walnuts. ALA has been shown to benefit irregular heart patterns and reduce arteriosclerosis.

This research showed a reduction in negative cholesterol levels as well as reducing overall cardiac inflammation.

How to incorporate walnuts into your diet

Incorporating walnuts into the diet can be easy. If you are not a fan of eating walnuts, you can even purchase a cold-pressed walnut oil to incorporate into your cooking. 1-2 tablespoons of walnut oil drizzled over sauteed vegetables or a piece of fish you are preparing works great. Walnuts are also delicious when sliced or chopped and sprinkled over salads, roasted vegetables, onto avocado, over already cooked shrimp or even add spices to walnuts and consume on their own. Paprika, a dash of cayenne pepper and garlic are additional heart-healthy spices you can add to flavor up your walnuts.

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