Shelled, all natural walnuts have a rich, delicious distinctive flavor. They are a source of dietary fats (good fats), protein, vitamins and minerals. 1 ounce or a dietary serving contains about 7 whole walnuts.
A 1 oz serving provides 4.32 grams of protein.
Walnuts are a good source of alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid that reduces inflammation and the risk of degenerative diseases such as heart disease and cancer.
Walnuts are a good source of the B-vitamin, folate which is essential for the synthesis of red blood cells and DNA and helps prevent anemia.
Walnuts are a good source of vitamin B6, which is necessary for carbohydrate protein and fat metabolism. They also provide niacin, riboflavin and thiamine.
Minerals such as zinc. essential for wound healing, sense of smell, immune system and the function of many enzymes, are also found in whole walnuts.
Magnesium is also provided in whole, shelled walnuts.
There is a lot of research going on now about this new Super Food!
I especially love the Primavera brand of California walnuts because they are shipped fresh from the source. Try them as a snack food for your family, instead of the high fat, sugary and salty processed junk foods.
by Earl Mindell