The health benefits of walnuts are many and include reduction of LDL (bad) cholesterol, prevention of inflammation, improvement in metabolism, weight management, and diabetes control. Walnuts can also benefit brain health and act as a mood booster.
What are Walnuts?
Walnuts are edible seeds from the trees of Juglans genus. They are round, single-seeded fruits of the walnut tree. The fruit and seed of walnut are enclosed in a thick, inedible husk. The shell of the fruit that encloses the kernel is hard and two-halved.
Walnuts have a delicious taste and crunchy texture, which is why they are used in many desserts and baked goods such as cookies, cakes, granola, cereals, energy bars, and the ever-popular banana walnut bread. Ground walnuts and walnut flour are also used for baking. Walnuts are packed with essential fatty acids and produce an oil that is a rich emollient and is known for anti-aging properties.
The nuts have always been considered as ‘brain food’ perhaps because the surface structure of the walnut has a wrinkled appearance, like that of the brain. Due to this reason, they have been considered as a symbol of intelligence, leading to the belief by some that they actually increase one’s intellect!
While this is not exactly true, recent studies have shown that the consumption of these seeds does help in promoting brain function. There are two types; black walnuts and the brown variety. We shall be talking about the brown walnut in detail.