A University of Scranton study has revealed that walnuts are one of the best readymade food items available that keep your heart healthy since they are rich in anti-oxidants.
According to researchers at the university in Pennsylvania, walnuts are the best source of antioxidants and are also rich in proteins, minerals, vitamins and healthy fiber. A number of previous studies have suggested that regular consumption of nuts can have a positive effect in reducing the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
The researchers compared nine commonly consumed nuts including pistachios, hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts, macadamias, almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews and peanuts and analyzed the level of antioxidants in each nut.
The researchers found that walnuts had the highest content of antioxidants as well as some of the most powerful antioxidants compared to other nuts. "A handful of walnuts contains almost twice as much antioxidants as an equivalent amount of any other commonly consumed nut. But unfortunately, people don't eat a lot of them. This study suggests that consumers should eat more walnuts as part of a healthy diet", lead researcher Dr Joe Vinson said.