Q: What are the health benefits of walnuts, and how should I order them at restaurants?
It’s time to celebrate National Walnut Day! Walnuts have earned themselves the spot as the #1 heart healthy nut, and for good reason. Walnuts have more antioxidants and better quality antioxidants than any other nut. These antioxidants help protect our bodies against free radicals, which have been linked to cancer, atherosclerosis, and other diseases. Walnuts have also been proven to lower blood cholesterol and have anti-inflammatory properties.
Many dieters are wary of nuts because they are relatively high in fat and calories, but the type of fat along with the abundant nutrients they contain make walnuts a healthy choice. To avoid excessive calorie consumption, limit yourself to a single 1-ounce serving of walnuts a day.
One easy way to get your daily serving of walnuts is when you dine out! The next time you’re visiting a favorite restaurant, try one of these exciting choices, commonly found on menus:
Salads topped with walnuts
Fish that is nut-crusted with walnuts
For breakfast, oatmeal topped with walnuts and berries or bananas
Asian dishes containing walnuts
Pasta dishes topped with walnuts or a walnut pesto
Learn more about the health benefits of walnuts (along with a long list of other tasty nuts) and how to use them here.
Happy National Walnut Day! Enjoy!
Search for dietitian-recommended menu choices like these near you that make the most of walnuts and other heart-healthy nuts: