WALNUTS: A Healthy Food Choice

                                     walnut treeOpen walnut

A traditional practice in the French countryside was to hang a bag of walnuts from the ceiling beam in the kitchen to represent abundance. Walnuts also represented longevity.

The medieval Doctrine of Signatures stated that because the shape of the walnut resembled the brain, the nut would be beneficial for all ailments associated with the head and brain, including headaches.

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“The walnut ~ a tough nut to crack”

Our south western Ontario country property had a perimeter of black walnut trees. At the end of the season the trees shed their green fruits and fell to the ground; not a welcome event for my kids when they came along with the lawn mover. If only I had known then how beneficial they were; I would have worked harder to get to the nutritious super food inside, not an easy task.

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Walnuts are a super food with many health benefits, a MUST HAVE to stock your pantry for improved well-being.

 Health benefits of walnuts:

  • A handful of walnuts contain almost twice as much antioxidant as an equivalent amount of peanuts, almonds, pecans, pistachios and other nuts.
  • A good source of protein.
  • Rich in monounsaturated fatty acids and an excellent source of all important omega-3 essential fatty acids. A regular intake of walnuts in the diet helps to lower total as well as LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increases HDL or “good cholesterol” levels in the blood. The omega-3 fatty acids provide anti-inflammatory action and help to lower the risk of high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, strokes and breast, colon and prostate cancers.
  • Rich source of many phyto-chemical substances that have potential health effects against cancer, aging, inflammation, and neurological diseases.
  • An excellent source of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant required to maintain the integrity of cell and mucus membranes and skin.
  • Good source of many important B-complex vitamins.
  • Rich source of minerals like manganese, copper, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium.
  • Walnut’s oil has a flavourful nutty aroma and has excellent astringent properties. It helps to keep skin well protected from dryness. It is used as a “carrier or base oil” in traditional medicines, in massage therapy, aromatherapy and in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry.
  • Research indicates an improvement in semen quality with regular consumption of walnuts.

How to use WALNUTS:

    • Convenient take along as a protein snack.
    • Add walnuts to your breakfast.
    • WALNUT BUTTER is a great substitute for peanut butter.
    • Add to salads.
    • Mix some of the walnut oil with olive oil for combined health benefits.

I include many health promoting strategies and a complete list of must read internet resources and books for improved well-being in my book THE WHOLE PERSON WELL-BEING EQUATION. For more of my ‘HOW TO BECOME WELL’ books visit my book page at www.mybodycanhealitself.ca/books.htm.

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 SOURCES AND RESOURCES:

WALNUT SOURCES

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/18/walnuts-sperm-quality-health-benefits_n_1791710.html

http://www.proliberty.com/observer/20080704.htm

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PRODUCT RECOMMENDATION: Organic Quinoa

Quinoa is an ancient grain (seed) super food with many health benefits.

  • A high quality protein source with nine essential amino acids. It has more protein than rice, millet or wheat.
  • High in riboflavin.
  • Non fattening – 170 calories per ¼ cup of dry ( 24 protein, 12 sugars, complex carbohydrates with a low glycemic index, fiber and healthy fat)
  • Gluten free.

There are three main varieties of quinoa: light yellow, red and black. The seeds need to be rinsed to remove the soapy saponin residue. Quinoa is a very versatile protein food; it can be used in salads, as porridge and is made into flour and pasta.

I use the tru-Roots Organic Quinoa which is certified non-GMO.  It comes pre-washed and cooks in 15 minutes. Instead of water I add organic vegetable broth for more flavour. Chopped vegetables and a variety of dressings create a complete meal which stores well in the refrigerator for several days.

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