Wednesday 26 August 2015

Walnuts for a healthy YOU

Of all the foods that exist in nature, Nuts are the ones which can be labelled as a complete food. With a excellent blend of carbs, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals, they possess some remarkable health properties.

Walnuts grab the top place in the whole list because of its extraordinary nutrient content.

Omega-3 fatty acids, vital for brain development, is found in highest quantities in walnuts. In fact, consuming 25 g of walnuts daily fulfils approximately 90% of the Recommended Dietary Intake (RDI) of omega-3 fatty acids. An astonishing fact regarding this wonder nut is that their shape resembles the shape of a human brain!!!! No wonder, they are just ideal for human brain development....try and notice the next time you have these nuts.

Walnuts, because of their fatty acid composition are heart friendly. It contains about 72% monounsaturated fatty acids which are known to reduce “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and increase the “healthy” cholesterol (HDL). The favourable lipid content of the nuts and its more than favourable effect on blood cholesterol levels is cardio-protective and also protects against strokes.

With 2.6 gm fiber/ 100 gm nuts and a Glycemic Index of 15, its an ideal snack for diabetics. Also its high MUFA content helps in controlling blood sugar levels.

The fiber levels and the fatty acid composition also make it ideal for weight reduction. A handful in the morning helps in boosting the metabolism and a handful as a snack during any time of the day helps to furnish the required amount of energy for one to be on the go.

Additionally, they are a rich source of vitamins (especially vit. E and B-complex), minerals (copper, manganese, zinc etc.) and is packed with antioxidants – a recipe one requires for a glowing, healthy skin and flowing hair.

With all these benefits wrapped in one wholesome NUT, its advisable to grab a handful everyday!!!!!