A new study positions walnuts in the number one slot among foods that lay claim to being among Mother Nature's most nearly perfect packaged foods: tree and ground nuts.
Walnuts have a combination of more healthful antioxidants and higher quality antioxidants than any other nut, said scientists at the 241st National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.
Vinson noted that nuts in general have an unusual combination of nutritional benefits - in addition those antioxidants - wrapped into a convenient and inexpensive package. Nuts, for instance, contain plenty of high-quality protein that can substitute for meat, vitamins and minerals and dietary fiber, and are dairy- and gluten-free.
Years of research by scientists around the world link regular consumption of small amounts of nuts or peanut butter with decreased risk of heart disease, certain kinds of cancer, gallstones, type 2 diabetes, and other health problems.