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Walnuts provide more than a nutty flavor. They are jam packed with heart-healthy fats which can help young hearts stay strong and may also reduce total and LDL cholesterol. That’s good new for parents and kids because it lowers the risk of heart disease. These super-nuts are also loaded with powerful antioxidants, which protect against cancer and diseases that occur with age. New research suggests that the antioxidants in walnuts may slow the progression of dementia and aging among adults with neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s. So grandparents join in on the benefits and munch on walnuts with your grandkids.
And can you believe that all it takes is a small handful each day to reap these benefits? That’s only 7 walnut halves, or 1 ounce of nuts.
Walnuts are extremely tasty and versatile. Buy them in the shell and get crackin or go pre-shelled to save time. If you buy in bulk for added cost savings, store them an air tight container in the fridge, as the healthy fat in the nuts will go bad if left out too long. The best way to buy them is raw, without any added salt or sugar. Depending on where you live, you may even find them in a local farmers market.
Here are some fun ways to get a little nutty with walnuts:
One word of advice: Like all nuts, walnuts are calorie dense (up to 190 calories per quarter cup which is 2 ounces or 14 halves), so be sure to enjoy them in moderation!