The recipe for preventing diabetes and heart disease? More Waldorf salad, please.

 
The recipe for preventing diabetes and heart disease? More Waldorf salad, please.
Walnuts are a wonder food, loaded with protein, fiber and nourishing fats. They’re a great source of alpha-linolenic acid, which is integral to bone health and heart health. These flavorful nuts also appear to be a delicious way to reduce the risk of diabetes, according to a new study. Two ounces of walnuts (about 14 pieces) a day for six months was shown to improve blood vessel function and reduce “bad” (LDL) cholesterol. Walnuts may also reduce the risk of certain kinds of cancer, notably prostate.

To get more walnuts into your diet, try swapping granola for a handful of crushed walnuts to top your morning yogurt, or add them to a homemade smoothie. At lunch or dinner, sprinkle walnut pieces on salads, or better yet, try our Spinach Salad with Oranges and Walnuts. For a savory side dish, combine green beans and spinach with walnut pesto.

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