How walnuts benefit your gut bacteria and overall health

New research explains the mechanisms behind the much-acclaimed health benefits of walnuts. The study bears great news for our cardiometabolic health.

Walnuts have been shown to have wide-ranging health benefits — from strengthening our hearts to reducing our risk of cancer. Now, new research sheds light on the mechanisms that may explain these benefits.

In case you didn’t know, walnuts are a veritable treasure trove of health benefits.

A rich source of antioxidants, this delicious snack has been shown to reduce the risk of colon cancer, lower cholesterol levels, keep heart disease at bay, and even strengthen our brains.

But what is it that makes walnuts so potent in the fight against disease? Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign set out to uncover the health benefits hidden under the walnut’s wrinkly shell, and they published their results in The Journal of Nutrition.

Specifically, the researchers — led by Hannah Holscher, an assistant professor of food science and human nutrition at the university — looked at how walnuts affect our …………

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