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by Aysegul Demir on June 12, 2020

Are walnuts healthy?

Walnuts are known for their high nutritional value and health benefits. The walnut is even considered the healthiest nut among nuts. People who regularly eat walnuts are less likely to develop certain diseases and conditions, such as diabetes.

Good for our brain

The walnut resembles a brain and that is no coincidence: this nut is very good for our brain. These nuts contain a high concentration of omega 3. These fatty acids are extremely good for our brains and reduce the risk of Parkinson's disease, for example. In addition, this substance also ensures that we experience stress less quickly.

Lowering cholesterol

A high cholesterol level is very harmful to the heart and blood vessels. Unfortunately, this condition is increasingly common. The essential fatty acids contained in walnuts increase good cholesterol levels and lower bad cholesterol. Walnuts are therefore very good for our heart and our blood vessels and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Walnuts against obesity

Walnuts have a high fat content. However, these fats are unsaturated and therefore healthy. The nuts are rich in proteins and fibers that make you feel full. This reduces the need for other high-calorie foods. In addition, people who eat a lot of nuts burn more energy at rest than people who do not eat nuts. So adding walnuts to your diet is a good idea when you want to lose weight.

A good night's sleep thanks to walnuts

A special feature of walnuts is that they contain the hormone melatonin. This 'sleep hormone' is produced by our body. However, sometimes this is not enough to sleep well. So when you are sleeping badly, it is a good idea to add walnuts to your dinner or to have a handful of walnuts as a snack.

Variety of tips for eating walnuts

Walnuts are delicious as a snack, but can also be used very well in various dishes. We give you some tips on how to eat more walnuts.

1. Add walnuts to your breakfast

For example, bake a banana bread with walnuts and dates. All you need are three bananas, three eggs, 200 grams of wholemeal flour, a bag of baking powder, 100 grams of dates and 80 grams walnuts. First, mix the bananas and the eggs, add the wholemeal flour and baking powder, and finally add the dates and walnuts. Put the batter in the oven for an hour at 160 degrees and your delicious and healthy breakfast is ready.

Do you have a little more time to spend in the kitchen? Take a look at our recipe for a delicious banana nut bread.

2. Walnuts in the salad

To give your salad an extra bite walnuts are a very suitable addition. For example, try a salad of arugula, apple, brie and walnuts. A salad with pear and blue cheese is also tastier by adding walnuts.

3. Walnuts for dessert

Try adding walnuts to your dessert. Greek yogurt with a little honey and some walnuts is a very tasty dessert and also healthy! As a less healthy choice, you can, for example, bake a delicious apple pie with walnuts.

Walnut allergy

Walnuts are very healthy, but there are also people with a walnut allergy. The allergic reaction is caused by a certain protein contained in walnuts. People who are allergic to walnuts are usually also allergic to other nuts, such as amandelen, pecans en cashew nuts. Symptoms of a nut allergy are irritation of the skin and respiratory tract and, in the worst case, difficulty breathing and unconsciousness. Fortunately, this almost never happens.

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