What Is the Healthiest Nut?

Walnuts have higher levels of antioxidants than any other nut, leading scientists to call the walnut the healthiest nut. In fact, walnuts have about twice as many antioxidants as any other kind of commonly eaten nut, including pistachios, pecans and almonds. The antioxidants in walnuts are also as much as 15 times more powerful than straight vitamin E.

More facts about nuts:

  • Despite a relatively high fat content, most nuts are actually extremely healthy. Eating nuts has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease and has been shown to lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels.

  • Nuts are healthiest when eaten raw, because toasting or heating them destroys some of the antioxidants and destroys as much as 15 percent of the healthy oils found in most nuts.

  • Though they are one of the most commonly eaten nuts, peanuts are not actually nuts — they're legumes, like beans.

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