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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Walnuts Supersede All Other Nuts In Antioxidant Content

Posted by Prahallad Panda on 7:10 AM Comments

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Nuts are rich source of antioxidant that scavenge the dangerous free radicals of oxygen produced in the process of metabolism. Those include; peanuts, almonds, pecans, ground nuts and pistachios etc.
Now, it has been seen that walnut is best among those as regards the amount and quality of antioxidant content. A handful of walnuts contains almost twice as much antioxidants as an equivalent amount of any other commonly consumed nuts.
Apart from antioxidants; nuts also contain plenty of high-quality protein, vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. Scientists around the world link regular consumption of small amounts of nuts or peanut butter with decreased risk of heart disease, certain cancers, gallstones, Type 2 diabetes, and other health problems.
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The quality, or potency, of antioxidants present in walnuts was highest among the nuts. Antioxidants in walnuts were 2-15 times as potent as vitamin E, which acts as an antioxidant.
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"There's another advantage in choosing walnuts as a source of antioxidants," said Vinson, who is with the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. "The heat from roasting nuts generally reduces the quality of the antioxidants. People usually eat walnuts raw or unroasted, and get the full effectiveness of those antioxidants."
Nuts contain healthful polyunsaturated and monosaturated fats rather than artery-clogging saturated fat. As for the calories, eating nuts does not appear to cause weight gain and even makes people feel full and less likely to overeat. In a 2009 U. S. study, nut consumption was associated with a significantly lower risk of weight gain and obesity.
It is only about 7 walnuts a day, for instance, to get the potential health benefits.
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