Just like pecan nuts, walnuts are considered to be heart-friendly nuts. This means that eating these nuts on a regular basis will help support your heart health.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF WALNUTS
- A daily intake of 30 g of raw walnuts contributes to reducing the risk of heart disease by improving the elasticity of blood vessels.
- Walnuts are a source of protein.
- Walnuts are high in dietary fibre. The soluble dietary fibre in the walnuts plays a role in glucose absorption and maintaining a healthy blood cholesterol level, while the insoluble dietary fibre helps to keep the gut healthy and contributes to regular laxation, thereby helping help to treat constipation.
- Walnuts are high in polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA’s). Replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats in the diet contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels.
- Walnuts are naturally very low in sodium.
- A 30 g serving of walnuts is high in manganese and copper. By being high in copper and manganese, walnuts contribute to the normal functioning of the immune system and to the normal maintenance of bones, teeth, hair, skin and nails.
- A 40 g serving of walnuts is a source of magnesium. Magnesium assists with the formation and maintenance of normal bones and teeth. Magnesium also contributes to normal energy metabolism and to a reduction of tiredness and fatigue.
- Add walnuts to grain dishes, tossing them along with fresh herbs into salads
- Sprinkle chopped walnuts on pasta
- Grind walnuts blend with lemon juice, olive oil, garlic and spices to make a delicious dips and spreads
- Pair them with vanilla, cloves and cinnamon in desserts
- Add a few Walnuts to banana or yoghurt and whip to make a delicious smoothie.
DID YOU KNOW?
Walnuts are often mistaken for pecan nuts…They both look quite similar, but they are quite different in their shape, taste and health benefits.
Different in LOOK
As far as looks are concerned, walnuts are quite a bit larger and broader than pecan nuts. Walnuts are also a bit lighter in colour. People often say that walnuts look like “little brains”, and it’s no surprise that walnuts are known for their “brain-boosting” health properties.
Different in TASTE
When it comes to the individual tastes of walnuts and pecan nuts, their flavours are quite different. Pecan nuts taste sweeter than walnuts, whilst walnuts have a slightly bitter taste. This is why walnuts are roasted before they are used in certain recipes.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF WALNUTS AND PECAN NUTS
- In the health community, both walnuts and pecan nuts are considered to be heart-friendly nuts. This means that eating these nuts on a regular basis will help support your heart health.
- Pecans have higher levels of Vitamin E than walnuts do, whereas walnuts are higher in Omega-3 fatty acids.
- Just one cup of walnuts contains 18 grams of protein, 765 calories and 8 grams of dietary fibre.
- One cup of pecans contains 10 grams of protein, 753 calories and 10 grams of dietary fibre.