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Dr. Weil Recommends: What Nut Should You Be Eating?
Published: 12/17/2013

Walnuts are an excellent choice when it comes to healthy snacking. I've consistently recommended them as part of an overall healthy diet. It looks like I am not alone: researchers from the University of Scranton compared the concentration of powerful antioxidants known as polyphenols in nine different types of nuts, both raw and roasted. Walnuts came out on top, whether roasted or raw - they were found to have both the highest concentration and most potent polyphenols. 

Some benefits of walnuts:

  1. They are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, protective fats that promote cardiovascular health, help maintain optimal cognitive function, and tone down inflammation.
  2. They provide heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.
  3. They help support a healthy immune system through ellagic acid, an antioxidant compound.
  4. They contain L-arginine, an essential amino acid that promotes healthy blood pressure.

Try adding walnuts to your berries and plain whole milk yogurt, eat them as a snack, use walnut oil in salad dressings, and add to dark chocolate pieces for a nutritional boost.

Try this healthy dip featuring walnuts: Garlic Walnut Dip

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