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Walnut Oil Health Benefits

Walnut oil is oil that is extracted from walnuts preferably the English variety. Walnut oil is edible and is generally used less than other oils in food preparation, often due to high pricing. It is light-coloured and delicate in flavour and scent, with a nutty quality.


Its short drying time and lack of yellow tint make it a good oil paint base thinner and brush cleaner.


However, some practitioners consider walnut oil paint film to be inferior to linseed oil paint film.


The health benefits of walnuts were first identified in 1937 when researchers discovered that they were a significant source of vitamin C.


Over the last 70 years, numerous other studies that evaluated the effects of walnut and walnut oil consumption on mortality, disease prevalence, and disease risk factors have been performed.


It has now been well established that eating walnuts on a regular basis has definite health benefit.


The health benefits of walnuts and walnut oil are similar if the oil is unrefined, fresh and uncooked.


Walnut oil has a rich, nutty flavour that is perfect for salad dressings, to flavour fish and steaks, to toss with pasta, and to jazz up desserts.


Walnut oil is best used uncooked or in cold sauces because when it is heated, it can become slightly bitter.


Walnuts or walnut oil provide immense levels of vitamins B-1, B-2, and B-3, coupled with vitamin-E and niacin.


Certain phytonutrients and fatty acids in walnut oil can contribute enhancing the texture and quality of the skin.


Walnut oil is also rich in antioxidants and among the best sources among tree nuts. Antioxidants are substances that counter the effects of free radicals that cause cell damage and accelerate the aging process.


Walnut oil mixes very well with balsamic vinegar or red wine vinegar to create simple but flavourful vinaigrette.


It is also delicious on grilled fish or meat: A dab of walnut oil is the perfect touch for enhancing flavours and easing digestion when added towards the end of your beef bourguignon or meat dishes.

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