Have you heard that roasted walnuts are less healthy than raw walnuts or that walnuts are bad for losing weight? Well, these are just myths, and our geniuses are here to debunk them – along with a few others – just for you.
Myth: Walnuts are not as nutritious as other nuts.
Fact: Not only is this false, but walnuts are one of the most nutrient-dense nuts on earth! They are rich in magnesium, phosphorus, copper, and manganese, and they contain 4 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber per 1-ounce serving. Not only are walnuts just as nutritious as any other nut, we at Unbound Snacks know they are certainly the most delicious!
Myth: Walnuts are high in fat and should be avoided in a healthy diet.
Fact: While it’s true that walnuts have a relatively high fat content, their omega-3 fatty acids are an excellent source of healthy fat. Research indicates that these types of fat can help heart health, help prevent vision impairment, and reduce ADHD symptoms. Some people might believe that the calories and fat in walnuts contribute to weight gain. However, it has been shown that adding walnuts to a balanced diet can actually aid in weight loss because they are a great source of fiber, promote satiety, and may decrease overall calorie intake. Walnuts should be celebrated and consumed, not avoided!
Myth: Roasted walnuts are less healthy than raw walnuts.
Fact: Roasting walnuts won’t make a huge dent in their nutritional goodness. While some nutrients may take a slight hit, the overall impact to the nutritional value is minimal. Plus, get this: Roasting walnuts at low or medium temperatures actually gives them the best crunch. Whoever first came up with the idea to roast walnuts is a genius – probably because they ate walnuts! Snack on, you brilliant walnut connoisseur!
Myth: Walnuts are high only in omega-3 fatty acids.
Fact: Guess what? Walnuts are high not only in omega-3s, they’re also loaded with omega-6s – essential fatty acids that can do wonders for your hair and skin! And the best part? The percentage of omega-6s is just as high as that of omega-3s. Talk about a perfect balance of nutrients and fatty acids!
Myth: Walnuts are not good for people with diabetes.
Fact: Who said people with diabetes can’t enjoy delicious snacks? Contrary to popular belief, walnuts can be an excellent food choice for people with diabetes. These little powerhouses are loaded with healthy fats, protein, and fiber. More importantly, they have a low glycemic index, which means they cause a slower rise in blood sugar levels and won’t send your blood sugar skyrocketing! We have more details on this in a fantastic study in our You Asked and We Answered: Part 2 blog. Go check it out – and snack on some walnuts while you’re at it!
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