• 25.10.2016 7:52 AM | Anonymous
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  • 04.05.2016 9:15 PM | Anonymous member

    Major rain in mid April of up to ten times the normal amount, has affected Chile's harvest of their main walnut variety: Chandler which was 20% being harvest when rain hit. This could affect up to 35,000 - 40,000 tons and is expected to result in a decrease in total production and a drop in quality for 2016. 

     from the Chilean Walnut Commission News.

  • 18.02.2013 3:00 PM | Anonymous member
    Australian adults will need to increase their nut consumption by 350% to meet the recommended daily intake identified in the dietary modeling that underpins the new Australian Dietary Guidelines, released today.

    The guidelines - based on an analysis of more than 55,000 peer-reviewed scientific papers and are supported by comprehensive dietary modelling - establish recommendations for the types and amounts of food to consume for good health and chronic disease prevention.

    Nuts for Life, the Australian tree nut industry’s nutrition body, has applauded the call to dramatically increase nut consumption.

    “Our data shows just two per cent of Australians currently eat 30g or a handful of nuts a day. And just 58% only eat nuts once a month or less,” said Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nuts for Life Program Manager Ms Lisa Yates.
    “People are still hung-up on the low-fat diet obsession from the 90s with an unfounded fear of weight gain - the number one reason 98% of Australian don’t eat the recommended 30g or a handful of nuts every day.

    “Extensive scientific research shows eating nuts as part of an energy controlled diet does not cause weight gain, in fact for the first time the Dietary Guidelines reinforce the importance of good fats in your diet.

    The new Dietary Guidelines call on people to limit saturated fat intake and switch unhealthy saturated fats for healthy mono and polyunsaturated fats like those found in nuts and avocados.

    “That’s as easy as switching a handful of potato chips for a handful of nuts,” said Ms Yates. Nuts remain in the protein food group of the new Dietary Guidelines. Nuts are nutrient-rich whole s that are important to general wellbeing and chronic disease prevention, in particular heart disease and diabetes. Consuming a handful (30g) of nuts at least five times a week has been shown to reduce the risk of developing heart disease by 30-50% and the risk of developing diabetes by 25%.

    For tips on including nuts in your diet and nutrition information visit

    Issued on behalf of Nuts For Life
    Nuts for Life is a nutrition communications initiative of the Australian Tree Nut Industry and Horticulture Australia to provide information about the nutrition and health benefits of tree nuts.
  • 11.05.2011 11:47 PM | Anonymous
    Walnuts are the healthiest of all the nuts and should be eaten more as part of a healthy diet, US scientists say.

    Scientists from Pennsylvania told the American Chemical Society that walnuts contain the highest level of antioxidants compared to other nuts.

    Antioxidants are known to help protect the body against disease.

    The scientists said that all nuts have good nutritional qualities but walnuts are healthier than peanuts, almonds, pecans and pistachios.

    Dr Joe Vinson, from the University of Scranton, analysed the antioxidant levels of nine different types of nuts and discovered that a handful of walnuts contained twice as many antioxidants as a handful of any other commonly eaten nut.

    He found that these antioxidants were higher in quality and potency than in any other nut.

    Antioxidants are good because they stop the chain reactions that damage cells in the body when oxidation occurs.

    Roasted nuts

    The antioxidants found in walnuts were also two to 15 times as powerful as vitamin E, which is known to protect the body against damaging natural chemicals involved in causing disease, the study says.

    Nuts are known to be healthy and nutritious, containing high-quality protein, lots of vitamins and minerals as well as dietary fibre. They are also dairy and gluten-free.

    Previous research has shown that regular consumption of small amounts of nuts can reduce the risk of heart disease, some types of cancer, type two diabetes and other health problems.

    Dr Vinson said there was another advantage in choosing walnuts as a source of antioxidants: "The heat from roasting nuts generally reduces the quality of the antioxidants.

    "People usually eat walnuts raw or unroasted, and get the full effectiveness of those antioxidants."

  • 11.02.2011 12:41 PM | Anonymous member
    The Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has recently released the “Australian Food Statistics 2009-2010”.
    It notes that in the 20 year period between 1987 to 2007 the consumption of tree nuts has increased by 157%.

    According to the Department, Australia is the world’s 14th largest food exporter, with a significant food surplus of $14.2 billion in 2009-10. Go to the DAFF website for further information.
  • 20.01.2011 1:18 PM | Anonymous member

     Scottish research examined how eating half a handful of walnuts each day (15g or five whole nuts) over a four week period impacts cardiovascular risk (lipid profile, arterial stiffness and platelet activation) in 30 young healthy males.[#2] 

    Walnuts are rich in alpha inolenic acid (ALA), a plant derived omega-3 fatty acid. Their findings from the single-blind randomised controlled trial showed no significant effect of walnut consumption in this small quantity on the lipid profile or endothelial function of these healthy men.

    However a meta-analysis of 13 walnut studies reported that 40-100g/day of walnuts (one to three handfuls approx.) can lower both total and bad LDL cholesterol.[#3]

    Earlier research has also demonstrated that eating 40-65g (one to two handfuls/day) of walnuts as part of a low-fat plant-based diet significantly improved endothelial vasodilation in hypercholesterolaemic subjects.[#4] 

    This is an example of why it is important to consider the entire body of evidence rather than accept the results of just one study. A handful or two of walnuts has better results than just half a handful.

    Courtesy of Nuts for Life

Australian Walnut Industry Association

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