A handful of walnuts a day could keep heart disease and other age-related illnesses at bay.
Research has shown that regularly snacking on the nuts cuts artery-clogging cholesterol.
Walnuts may also cut hunger pangs and reduce the odds of metabolic syndrome - a cluster of conditions including obesity and high blood pressure that together greatly increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. What is more, they do all this without causing weight gain, a San Diego health conference heard.
The researchers said that while other nuts also have benefits, walnuts contain particularly high levels of health-boosting omega-3 fats. Doctors from the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona and Loma Linda University in Barcelona tracked cholesterol levels in more than 700 elderly men and women.
Half added around 2oz of walnuts – roughly a handful - to their daily diet while the others ate as normal. After a year, levels of LDL cholesterol, the harmful form blamed for clogging arteries had fallen in the walnut-eaters. However, despite walnuts often being thought of as a fatty food, the volunteers, who had an average age of 69, didn’t put on weight.
Source - Daily Mail