Walnuts lead nut antioxidant ranking

by Keith Nunes
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ANAHEIM, CALIF. – A ranking of nine commonly consumed nuts conducted by Joe Vinson, a professor in the department of chemistry at the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania, found walnuts contain the highest levels of antioxidants. The results of Dr. Vinson’s research were presented at the National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society that is taking place in Anaheim.

Dr. Vinson’s study included almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, peanuts, pecans, pistachios and walnuts. The results showed walnuts have a combination of more healthful antioxidants and higher quality antioxidants than the other nuts.

“Walnuts rank above peanuts, almonds, pecans, pistachios and other nuts,” said Dr. Vinson. “A handful of walnuts contains almost twice as much antioxidants as an equivalent amount of any other commonly consumed nut. But unfortunately, people don’t eat a lot of them. This study suggests that consumers should eat more walnuts as part of a healthy diet.”

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