Thursday, March 31. 2011
Walnuts contain more disease-fighting antioxidants than any other nut, meaning this snack should be a regular part of a healthy diet, according to research from the University of Scranton.
Antioxidants fight free radicals in the body that can damage cells and cause disease. According to Dr. Joe Vinson, a professor of chemistry at the university, in an analysis of 54 samples of both raw and roasted nuts he discovered walnuts have almost twice the antioxidants as almonds, peanuts, pistachios, cashews and other nuts. Vinson added that the antioxidants in walnuts are 4 to 15 times more potent as the amount found in vitamin E.
Vinson said many Americans have been trained to avoid nuts due to their high fat content. However, Vinson said that's an "old wives tale."
"We think nuts are good for you. Eat more. I'm not being paid by the walnut people to tell you this: I'm recommending nuts," he said.
Antioxidants can help prevent chronic illnesses that can lead to high health insurance premiums. However, many delicious foods and beverages such as berries, green vegetables, dark chocolate and even red wine are full of antioxidants, making them an enjoyable - and healthy - addition to a diet.
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