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Are Walnuts Good For You?

by Toni Olukiran

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Walnuts are often a topping or key ingredient in some of our favourite treats and bakes (coffee and walnut cake, anyone?). But are walnuts themselves good for you? Find out here. 

What are walnuts?

Walnuts are the nut grown from a walnut tree, and the seed is encased in a hard shell. The walnut is often separated into two segments. As of 2019, China produced the biggest quantity of walnuts in the world, producing 2.5 million tonnes. 

Do walnuts have nutritional value?

Yes, walnuts do have a good nutritional profile. They contain:

  • Vitamins B6 and E, which protects cells from damage from free radicals and helps the body store energy from protein and carbohydrates respectively
  • Great source of Omega-3, which is valuable especially for those on a plant-based diet where this may be harder to come by naturally in fruit and vegetables
  • A good source of minerals such as manganese

Are walnuts good for you?

Yes, walnuts are a great addition to add as part of a balanced diet. It contains fats that are healthy, such as polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat which support brain health and memory function. They are also beneficial for good gut health, and can reduce the risk of heart-related diseases and illnesses such as cardiovascular disease. 

Got any more health questions you need answered. Get back to us in the comment below!

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Toni Olukiran
by Toni Olukiran

Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.

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