Known as a nutritious nut, walnuts originated in the Mediterranean and Central Asia and have been part of the human diet for thousands of years.
These nuts are rich in omega-3 fats, contain more antioxidants than most other foods, and improve brain health and prevent heart disease and cancer.
It's often eaten on its own as a snack, but it can also be added to salads, pastas, breakfast cereals, soups and baked goods, and it's also used to make walnut oil — an expensive cooking oil frequently used in salad dressings.
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Heart disease - or cardiovascular disease - is a broad term used for chronic conditions related to the heart and blood vessels.
In many cases, the risk of heart disease can be reduced through healthy lifestyle habits, such as eating nuts. Several studies suggest that eating walnuts may combat heart disease risk factors by:
Lowering bad cholesterol.
Improving the function of blood vessels, thus reducing the risk of plaque buildup in the arteries. These effects are likely due to the composition of beneficial fats in the air, as well as their rich content of antioxidants.