Healthy Eating – Walnuts

When studying healthy eating we’ve all heard about the supposed health benefits of nuts, and how some of them are healthier than others, but it wasn’t until recently that I started to really research into walnuts and understand what makes them so special. healthy_eating_walnutsIn fact, it wasn’t until I started this research that I found out that they date back to 10, 000 BC, making them the oldest known food that originates from trees, or that they contain no cholesterol despite being packed full of fat (and calories!).

Perhaps the most interesting thing that I found however was the fact that despite the huge number of calories per serving of walnuts, they are actually great for diets, and can help you to lose weight because of their high nutritional profile and filling nature.

However, with all the benefits of this super food, there are some questions as to how much a person should eat, and the safety of consuming lots of walnuts frequently. The main concern is that walnuts contain high levels of oxalates (naturally occurring organic acids), and oxalates can contribute to the formation of kidney stones in the body. Yet, spinach also contains a high level of oxalates, and there seems to be little debate about the goodness that spinach holds. Thus, I think it’s safe to say, that the time honoured saying of everything in moderation definitely applies here.

The most talked about health benefit of walnuts however, is the effect that they have on the brain. Walnuts have been thought of for generations as brain food and for good reason. Walnuts are rich in omega 3, which promotes brain health, cognitive brain function and memory. This is great news for anybody that is going to be taking exams soon, as walnuts can  help to retain the facts you have worked so hard to remember, especially as they contain lots of energy promoting nutrients too.

So there you have it. Walnuts.

Walnuts have lots of great health benefits, are an amazing snack, boost energy levels and are great for your heart.

What’s not to love?