Health care professionals have been recommending regular consumption of walnuts to patients as part of a balanced, healthy diet for years. Nuts are a nutrient dense snack that contains protein, fiber and healthy unsaturated fats.
Eating walnuts helps to lower LDL cholesterol, improve artery health and reduce the risk of blood clots making it an ideal addition to not only a healthy diet, but a heart healthy diet. Though a wide variety of popular nuts deliver these valuable benefits, one particular nut stood out in a recent study as possibly being the most heart healthy nut of all.
Researchers for the University of Scranton tested several popular varieties of nuts including peanuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios and more and found that walnuts had the highest quantity of antioxidants. Antioxidants are essential in protecting cells from damage caused by free radicals that can contribute to heart disease and other serious conditions.
According to the results of the study a single ounce of walnuts contains more antioxidants than the average person gets from fruits and vegetables in a given day. Eating walnuts is certainly not the only way to improve heart health, but this study certainly gives health care providers ample reason to recommend them to patients who want a heart healthier diet.