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Stay Young ~ Eat Walnuts

A dog, a wife, and a walnut tree, they more you beat them the better they be.

It looks like a simple change to our diet, like eating a few walnuts a day, boosts our health in some amazing ways.

I’ve long thought that eating nuts was a good idea, and now some scientists at the Louisiana State University agree with me.  After some experiments they say that eating a couple of ounces of walnuts a day improves your digestive health.  Seems it’s all to do with prebiotics again, and that walnuts have their beneficial effects by nourishing the friendly bacteria in our gut, helping them to thrive and multiply.

These good bacteria have anti-inflammatory properties, and chronic inflammation is now thought to be central to the onset of arthritis, various cancers including prostate and breast cancer, depression, early aging, various heart / circulatory diseases, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.

It’s better to get the nutrients for healthy skin from food, not supplements.  Salmon, walnuts, blueberries, spinach…  lots of my favorite foods happen to be amazing for skin too.  ~  Gail Simmons

Scientists and nutritionists say that the health of our digestive tract is central to the health of our whole body.  Walnuts act as a prebiotic, meaning that eating these nuts helps keep our digestive system healthy.

Gut health is an emerging research area, but we are seeing greater bacterial diversity may be associated with better health outcomes, whereas low diversity has been linked to conditions such as obesity and inflammatory bowel disease.  ~  Professor Lauri Byerley.

Walnuts and hazelnuts are just about the oldest tree foods known to man; their importance going at least at far back as 7,000 BC.  Walnuts in particular;

  1. Help with weight loss.
  2. Improve good sleep if eaten late at night~ walnuts contain lots of melatonin.
  3. Are good for your hair, in fact eating walnuts may help prevent hair loss.
  4. Are very good for your heart and circulation.
  5. Help to lower your bad cholesterol.
  6. Help to prevent type 2 diabetes.
  7. Makes your skin healthier.
  8. Can keep senile dementia at bay.
  9. Help to prevent various cancers, especially breast and pancreatic cancers.
  10. Will help you to live a longer, healthier, and less stressful life.

Personally, I firmly believe that eating almost any type of nuts and seeds is a beneficial addition to one’s diet, but walnuts may be better than most as they are the only nut that contains a lot of omega-3 fatty acid.  And, as we already know, omega-3 fatty acids are good for us.  Walnuts also have a lot of protein, fibre, phytochemicals, and antioxidants in them.

Walnuts are a tree nut, along with Brazils, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia, pecans, pine nuts and pistachios ~ each of these has it’s own nutritional properties, (I can’t abide macadamia nuts and I hate pecan pie).

Walnuts have the vitally important amino acid l-arginine, which give loads of benefits to people with heart diseases, or who may become prone to suffering from heart and circulatory problems.

These almost magical nuts also contain neuroprotective compounds, such as vitamin E, folate, and melatonin.  Research shows that eating a half a cup of walnuts a day may stave off senile dementia.

Allegedly, walnuts also make men more sexually potent, and are good for pregnant women…..

There is one nut which is not generally thought to be quite so healthy; peanuts.  These are legumes anyhow, and basically legumes are either peas or cattle food.  The main reason that early farmers grew legumes is that they improve the soil, and not because they’re good to eat.

Nevertheless, there are health benefits to be found from the humble peanut; they’re full of fibre, protein, vitamins and minerals, the anti-aging molecule resveratrol, and phytosterols that help reduce bad cholesterol.

Nuts and seeds are a far better snack than the other disgusting crap many people munch on, especially late at night.  So don’t snack on potato chips, crackers, popcorn, blue cheese, ice cream, doughnuts, pretzels, candy, chocolate, cookies, cake, s’mores…  have some walnuts instead, or almonds, or hazelnuts, (or any nuts and seeds).

The good news is, that glass of red wine you like late at night is good for you too.


jack collier


always buy organic walnuts

Food on Friday # 34 ~ Salmon (mostly)

Some say that we should aim to eat a couple of portions of oily fish a week.  And, that fish like salmon is a rich source of omaga 3, which does good things like stave off heart disease.  All I know is that a well cooked salmon steak is much more fun than taking cod-liver-oil capsules.

When I mentioned to my friend in Orange County that I was intending to do a post on salmon recipes, she said I should include some other ‘fishy’ dishes.  So there is also a cod recipe here.  Who am I to ignore a smart woman?

First up this Friday, from Cooking up the Pantry, we have a pretty easy dish for a dinner with an Indian flavour, cheats salmon tikka.


Cheats Salmon Tikka

This is a really good post from Elise at Simply Recipes, because it also gives you some tips on buying salmon, (and other fish).  Leaving that aside, I’m certain my friends will like this dish, salmon with lemon cream sauce, partly because you could also save some and have it cold as the basis for a great salad.


Salmon With Lemon Cream Sauce

This recipe fascinates me, so I make no excuse for including it today, even though it was only just in Food on Friday #32 which was all about BBQ.  From Teighan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest, I really must cook this cedar plank salmon with watermelon feta salsa.  (that’s if my friend ever lets me near her barbecue again).


Cedar Plank Salmon With Watermelon Feta Salsa

Cooking fish in foil is a brilliant idea.  If Chungah from Damn Delicious hadn’t had this garlic butter salmon in foil recipe, I would have had to invent it myself.  You really must try this, it’s so quick, easy, and so damn delicious.


Garlic Butter Salmon In Foil

This is different, 30 minute cajun salmon with salted lime butter, fromPennsylvania girl Jessica Merchant at how sweet it is.   You know what?  I think this is a 20 minute dish, which will please my friend in Orange County no end.


30 MInute Cajun Salmon With Salted Lime Butter

I found this site by courtesy of at Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower.  So then, Lisa at Healthy nibbles + bits is a lawyer turned food blogger, and she has this summery salad for you.  Summer teriyaki salmon salad, which is an easy 35 minute dish  In the same post she also has the start of her  free 4-week meal planning challenge ~ pretty cool.


Summer Teriyaki Salmon Salad

From English girl Petra at Food Eat Love, we have something that should satisfy anyone’s craving for seafood.  I give you salmon with scallops, pickle sprats, and roasted fig quinoa.  taa daah!!!  You know what?  I would much rather eat this plate of seafood than I would like sushi.


Salmon With Scallops, Pickle Sprats, And Roasted Fig Quinoa

At the suggestion of a close friend I include this elegant recipe from Tasting Everything; cod with summer vegetables.  The picture shows a very elegant dish as befits Anne, who is a professional chef from the California wine country.


Cod With Summer Vegetables

And, finally this week, from Heather Christo we have a bit of a collection for you, starting with grilled tahini glazed salmon with cucumber noodles.  I’m very certain my friend in SoCal will like this dish.


Grilled Tahini Glazed Salmon with Cucumber Noodles

and then, how to cook salmon in 15 delicious ways, including this BLT salmon salad with creamy avocado green goddess dressing.


BLT Salmon Salad With Creamy Avocado Green Goddess Dressing

Also, how about this post?  How to perfectly cook salmon ~ how cool is that?


How To Perfectly Cook Salmon

May I say thank you to all the cooks featured this week.


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