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You may have already heard about the high antioxidant content in superfood like Goji Berries and Kale, but what you may not know is that walnut is actually highly packed with Antioxidant as well. According to a study from USDA, Walnuts, and Pecans, is on the top of pyramid in term of antioxidant content and capacity among tree nuts (click here to read more). Antioxidant protects our cells from damages causing by free radical, which is found to be the cause of ageing and many serious diseases including cancer. Studies have shown that high consumption Walnuts may help reducing the risk of breast cancer (you can find one of the papers here).
Walnuts, like many other nuts and seeds, are rich in unsaturated fatty acid, which is also considered as 'good' fat. Fat is needed for healthy nerve cells which makes it an essential nutrient especially for infant and children whose nerve system is still developing. Furthermore, unsaturated fatty acid is also a good energy source, which is lower in calories but as satisfying as saturated fat.
Walnuts also contain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is anti-inflammatory and may prevent the formation of pathological blood clots. This associate with better cardiovascular health and actually people who have high ALA diet are less likely to have fatal heart attack.
Raw nuts storage instructions:
Once opened, it is recommended to keep nuts in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator or the freezer. In general, nuts will stay fresh for up to six months in the refrigerator and up to one year stored in the freezer. Even unopened, it is best to keep nuts in an airtight bag and in a cool dry place.