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Walnut is colloquially called brain food not because of its shape like brain, but due to its rich unsaturated fats which are needed for the brain proper functioning.

Nutrition Facts of Walnuts

– Approximately 90% of the phenols in walnuts are found in the skin, including key phenolic acids, tannins, and flavonoids.

– Contain high level of vitamin E in the form of gamma-tocopherol which is significant for protection from heart problems.

– Phytonutrients like the quinone juglone — are found in virtually no other commonly-eaten foods. Other phytonutrients like the tannin tellimagrandin or the flavonol morin—are also rare and valuable as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients. These anti-inflammatory and antioxidant phytonutrients also help explain the decreased risk of certain cancers—including prostate cancer and breast cancer for people who eat more walnuts.

– A rich source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and an excellent source of those hard to find omega-3 fatty acids. For instance, 100g walnuts contain 59g unsaturated fat where 8.9g is mono unsaturated fat.

– A very good source of Copper, Manganese, Zinc and vitamin group-B.

– A good source of high quality protein, some amino acids cannot be produced in the […]