What is in black walnut that make its nuts so special?

Families, Food and Fitness January 25, 2012 Print Friendly and PDF

Black walnuts are a unique member of the tree family and a source of the omega-3 fat alpha-linolenic acid. This "good" fat is linked to several important health benefits, including lowering cholesterol, regulating heartbeat, and reducing inflammation (source: Environmental Nutrition 11/1/2000). Black walnuts are low in simple carbohydrates and saturated fats, making them a good choice for people watching their health. Black walnuts are a good source of important nutrients and add a rich, distinctive flavor to a variety of recipes.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.