Study: Walnuts are rich in antioxidants

Apr 25, 2011

Walnuts have up to 15 times more antioxidants than vitamin E.

Walnuts contain more antioxidants than any other nut, according to new research from the University of Scranton, meaning this popular snack should be included in more healthy diets.

Joe Vinson, a professor of chemistry at the university, analyzed 54 samples of raw and roasted nuts to come to his conclusion. He discovered that walnuts have almost twice as many antioxidants as almonds, peanuts, pistachios, cashews. Moreover, he said the antioxidants in walnuts were four to 15 times as potent as they are in vitamin E.

Antioxidants are compounds that fight free radicals in the body that could destroy genes and cause disease. While many Americans have been trained to believe that they should limit their intake of nuts because they are high in fat, Vinson said it is unnecessary.

"Eat more. I'm not being paid by the walnut people to tell you this: I'm recommending nuts," he said.

Lifestyle factors such as a healthy diet are one of the many factors life insurance companies use to set rates. Many delicious foods and beverages such as berries, dark vegetables, dark chocolate and even red wine are rich in antioxidants, making them an enjoyable and beneficial addition to a meal.

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