Walnuts—1 layer on your palm, five days a week. source of plant-derived omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin E —brain food.
The membranes of our brain cells are primarily composed of fats.
Walnuts have often been thought of as a “brain food” with their wrinkled brain-like look! The real reason they’re called brain food is because of their high concentration of omega-3 fats.
Walnuts contain Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA), an essential omega-3 fatty acid.
“Our brains are made up of more than 60% fat, so they need a steady supply of good fats- like the omega-3s found in walnuts to promote the varied activities of the brain.
Anything that wants to get into or out of a cell must pass through the cell’s outer membrane and omega-3 fats, which are especially fluid and flexible, maximize the cell’s ability to usher in nutrients while eliminating wastes.”*
And if that’s not enough… “There is also a link between walnuts and the health of our eyes. A study published in the Archives of Ophthalmology found that these tasty nuts can help prevent the progression of Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD).
Researchers found that while high intake of animal fat increased Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and processed foods doubled the risk of AMD, patients who ate more than one serving of nuts a week decreased their risk of AMD progression by more than 50% .”*
Roasting walnuts brings out their full flavor.
Spread shelled nuts in a shallow pan and bake at 350°F for 5 to 12 minutes. Stir occasionally. Nuts are done when they turn golden brown they will continue to brown a little after they are removed from the heat.
Or roast on top of the stove in a heavy skillet on medium heat for 6 to 10 minutes stirring frequently until lightly browned.
Or try the toaster oven. Spread them out flat, and set on toast!
Roasted nuts don’t stay fresh for more than 2 or 3 weeks on the shelf. Ask Scarlett!
Keep raw or frozen nutmeats in the freezer. Glass jars, metal cans, and rigid plastic containers are best for freezing foods, and the nutmeats won’t break into pieces.
Walnuts in the shell are good for portion control. It takes so long to get at each nut that it seems like you’re eating more than you really are! I bet you burn a few extra calories too.
* Pratt, Steven M.D. Super Health, 2009.
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Thank you Catherine for your insight.