Simple Palate: Walnuts Are The Best Nuts

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Forget about the other nuts, walnuts are where it’s at!

Written by: Cielestia Calbay

If there was a category for supernuts, walnuts would lead the pack.

New research shows walnuts are the best nut to eat to fight free-radical damage to our body’s cells, as they pack twice as many antioxidants than any other nut.

In a presentation to the American Chemical Society, Joe Vinson, a chemistry professor at Scranton University in Pennsylvania found that walnuts are loaded with polyphenols, compounds that interact with free radicals to stabilize them and prevent them from damaging our cells.

In an interview to WebMD, Vinson reported, “Twenty-eight grams of walnuts (an ounce) have more antioxidants than the sum of what the average person gets from fruits and vegetables.” Though he’s not suggesting we completely replace high antioxidant level fruits and vegetables like apples and spinach, it may be a good idea to add nuts to our regular diets.

Because of its reputation of being high in calories and fat, many have turned away from nuts. However, experts have found that unsaturated fats in nuts may not be as bad for our hearts than the fats found in meat and dairy products.

Previous research has also claimed walnuts are a top brain booster due to its antioxidant power and that they may combat the damage to brain cells’ DNA caused by free radicals.


Cielestia Calbay is the associate editor of Competitor Magazine. If she’s not at the office, you’ll probably find her outdoors or scouring the area for the nearest juice bar. She may be reached at or @ccalbay

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