February 2018 Food of the Month: Walnuts

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With 16 grams of heart healthy unsaturated fat per ounce, walnuts are a great food to eat in celebration of American Heart Health month.  They also contain twice the recommended daily amount of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) for females and over one and a half times the recommended amount for males.  ALA is an anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acid that can help protect against heart attack and stroke.  Have a small handful as a snack, toss them into a trail mix or try them chopped up in a bowl of salad, yogurt, or oatmeal!

Sources:

https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/omega-3-fats/

https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Omega3FattyAcids-HealthProfessional/