At the 46th Annual National Conference of Indian Dietetic Association in Pune the health and nutritional benefits of California walnuts was promoted. These walnuts are now available in India. The Annual National Conference with its theme "New Paradigms in Nutrition Research & Practice" was hosted between 12-14 December 2013 in Pune.
Dr. Linda Tapsell, Professor in Nutrition and the Director of the Smart Foods Centre, University of Wollongong, Australia said - "Not only are walnuts delicious to eat but also good for your heart and overall health. They are a healthy snacking option and are considered as a super food. Walnuts are high in protein, vitamins, omega 3 fatty acids, trace minerals, lecithin and oils. Compared with other nuts, which typically contain a high amount of monounsaturated fats, walnuts are unique because the fats in them are primarily polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and are the only nut with a significant amount of alpha-linolenic acid. Moreover, walnuts have adequate amount of sodium and are cholesterol free."
The event is marked by the visit of Ms. Michelle McNeil, Senior Marketing Director, International California Walnut Board and Commission who is in India to meet the trade partners and the IDA members. This was a concerted effort to increase awareness about the health properties of consuming walnuts and how it helps in preventing major illnesses especially those that happen because of lifestyle.
Speaking to the association, Michelle McNeil said, "With growing health concerns, our visit is very strategic. California walnuts have recently been allowed for imports in India and we are seeing very good demand from discerning consumers here. Our partnership with the Indian Dietetic Association will help us spread information about the proven health attributes of Walnut consumption.
According to Mr Keith Sunderlal, Managing Director, India Representative of California Walnut Commission remarked, "We are on an expansion drive to create awareness about the distinctive qualities and health properties of California Walnuts. Various research have proved beyond doubt about the goodness of walnuts. We are working closely with key players in the dry fruit market to bring quality walnuts for the consumer and delight them".