Considered an essential food for good health, walnuts are a great alternative omega-3 source if you're a vegetarian or simply don't want to eat fish as frequently as recommended. With less than one ounce (a handful), walnuts provide enough omega-3s to meet the daily recommended intake of 1.6 and 1.1 grams for men and women, respectively, according to the National Academy of Sciences, and 1/4 cup has just 4g carbs, according to the US Department of Agriculture.
In addition, walnuts are protein-rich and have no cholesterol or trans fat. They are also packed with disease-fighting vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
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