Saturday, April 21, 2018

Walnuts for Disease Prevention

Healthy Fats

The human body needs fat as part of any diet, and eating nuts ensures that fat intake comes from healthy unsaturated fat rather than saturated fat found in animal products, which is harmful. Walnuts particularly, boost the healthy fat intake because of the alpha-Linolenic acid they contain, which is an omega-3 fatty acid. This type of fat supports the brain function, strengthens your red blood cells and helps fight excess inflammation.

Disease Prevention

A diet that includes walnut kernels, other nuts and seeds also keeps the body healthy as it ages by preventing disease. Those who eat nuts frequently tend to weigh less than people who rarely consume them, as well as face a lower risk for weight gain. Nuts and seeds also reduce the levels of inflammation in the human body and the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, according to the Linus Pauling Institute.

Benefits Of Walnuts For Kids

As we have mentioned many times, walnut kernels contain high amounts of essential nutrients.

We have already dedicated several articles about the positive effects of walnut kernels, but here we have listed some facts, important for kids.

Walnuts Improve Memory

Walnuts are great for kids' brain as they improve the brain power by increasing memory and boosting brain cell activity.

For Shiny Hair

Walnuts play an important role in keeping kids' hair lustrous and shiny, because of the high amount of biotin they contain.

Strong Antioxidant

Walnuts show strong antioxidant properties and help kids' bodies get rid of toxic substances and free radicals.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Walnuts for your Brain and Good Mood

Perhaps you have already noticed that a walnut looks like the human brain.

This looks like a coincidence, but some ancient wisdom sources suggest that it's much more than that. One of the biggest benefits of eating more walnuts is that it supports your most important organ - the brain. Walnuts have been scientifically proven to be a great food for the brain, and are better at this among all the other nuts.

Of course if our brain works faster and better, it also improves our mood, and we feel healthier, with more energy. This happens, thanks to the omega-3 fats the walnuts contain. Other remarkable things that omega-3 foods can do for us are that they are also known to improve our heart health, and fight heart disease by reducing the levels of triglyceride and the dangerous plaque formation in the arteries.

As we have mentioned many times in this blog - walnuts can be a great tool for weight management. According to some studies eating a few walnuts before meals decreases our perceived level of hunger. If you are interested to know more facts about that - check our previous blog posts on this topic, which include information about theory, experiments and other facts.

Growing And Processing Walnuts

The process from planting a walnut orchard to delivering fresh walnuts to the market is very long and requires strict care, meeting safety standards and quality control. It includes steps from propagation, to harvest, to packer, and finally to market.


Harvesting takes place from August (when the drying green hulls are starting to split so the inshell walnuts can be removed) to November. The first thing to be taken care of is that the orchard floor should be swept clean. Then, mechanical shakers shake each tree from the orchard and tens of thousands of walnuts fall to the ground. These walnuts are carefully swept into windrows to allow harvester machines to pick them up. Then the cleaning process starts


The outer green husk is removed by a huller and the nut is dehydrated to the required moisture level, which is 8%. This preserves the quality of the walnut during storage. Walnuts are stored until needed for cracking.


Walnuts are transported to a packing plant where they are prepared separetely for two different markets - inshell and shelled.

Inshell Walnuts

Following drying, sizing of the inshell nut occurs. Different countries use different size charts.

Shelled Walnuts

Walnuts are removed from storage as needed and sent to the shelling department where they are cracked. Kernels are screened into a series of sizes, air-separated from shells, and moved through electronic color graders and shell sorters.

After that phase, they are hand-sorted and certified by for quality and then they are ready for packing. After being shelled, walnut kernels go through quality control which confirms that they are clean, well-dried, and of specified color. Tolerances for total and special defects are specified for each grade. Laboratory tests, both chemical and microbiological, are conducted to meet strict regulatory agency and food safety requirements.


The walnuts are produced in a wide variety of sizes, color grades and combinations of sizes and colors to meet the specifications of any industrial requirements. Commercial product meets the same high quality standards as those sold directly to the local markets.

Facts about Losing Weight with Walnuts

In the past few years, eating walnuts has been associated with feelings of fullness. A recent study conducted by professors at the Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) found what's actually happening in the brain to achieve this.

Led by Drs. Olivia M. Farr and Christos Mantzoros, the scientists used the help of 10 volunteers to live at the Clinical Research Center for two five-day sessions. By having them live there during these sessions, the professors could precisely analyze their nutrition.

During one of the sessions, the volunteers consumed smoothies containing 48 grams of walnuts each day (the daily dose, recommended by ADA). And during the other session, they were given placebo smoothies, nutritionally comparable to the smoothies from the first test which also tasted the same, but containing no walnuts.

As has been the case in other studies, the volunteers reported feeling less hungry during the week that they consumed the Walnuts smoothies. Taking things a step further, each person was placed in an Functional magnetic resonance imaging machine on the fifth day of the session, to have their brains scanned. In that machine, they were shown images, including shots of neutral objects, photos of foods such as hamburgers and desserts, along with pictures of less desirable but healthier foods. When the volunteers who had been drinking the walnut smoothies saw the desirable food pictures, increased activity was detected in an area of their brains known as right insula. This region is associated with the regulation of hunger and cravings.