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Why walnuts are termed as superfoods?
Walnuts are nutrient powerhouses comprising primarily of Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid (PUFA) (13 grams out of 18 grams total fat). In other words, 83% of a walnut’s fat content is unsaturated (good fat).In fact, walnuts are the only tree nut to provide an excellent source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) – the plant-based form of Omega-3.
In about 1⁄4 cup of walnuts (12-14 halves) there are 2.5 grams of ALA which is more than eight times the amount found in the next highest nut (almonds). Omega-3 plays a part by helping to reduce oxidative stress in the brain, also by helping to improve brain signaling and neurogenesis, which is the creation of neurons.
One ounce of walnuts provides four grams of protein, as well as two grams of fiber. A study by a journal of Nutrition found that those who consumed walnuts more than four times a week reduced their risk of coronary heart disease by as much as 37%. Everything put together makes walnuts a superfood of good health and well-being.
Are walnuts fattening?
Regular consumption of walnuts is extremely healthy as they are fully packed with nutrients and antioxidants. With various health benefits these nuts offer, these are also linked with promoting healthy body weight. Walnuts are high in heart healthy unsaturated fats that contribute towards better weight management. A handful of walnuts consumed everyday may help in stimulating weight loss as they have amazing appetite controlling powers. Eating walnuts may also help you feeling full for longer. Walnuts may help in activating a region in brain that is involved with appetite and cravings control. It is recommended to include a handful or maximum 6 to 7 whole walnuts in your daily diet.
What are the ways to increase the shelf life of walnuts?
Walnuts are rich in healthy oil content and must be stored properly to avoid any staleness and preserve the freshness. As when exposed to light, moisture and heat, the shelf life might be reduced. Following are the tips to maintain the shelf life of walnuts-
- If you buy walnuts in sealed packaging, you can store the walnuts in their original packaging. Once you open the packaging, transfer the walnuts to an airtight container to maintain freshness. If you buy walnuts in bulk, either in-shell or shelled, place the walnuts in an airtight container for long-term cold storage.
- You can maintain the fresh taste of walnuts by keeping them cold. Walnuts go rancid when exposed to warm temperatures for long periods of time. Heat causes the fat in walnuts to change structure, which creates off odors and flavors. Fresh walnuts smell mildly nutty and taste sweet
- When storing walnuts in your refrigerator, store them away from foods with strong odors (e.g. fish, cabbage, onions). Walnuts can absorb the flavors of other foods.
- Refrigerating them in a sealed packet also helps in increasing the shelf life.
- Even the slight moisture content in walnuts can ruin its self-life hence, dry roasting of walnuts can also help restore its freshness and makes it slight crunchy.
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