ANCHOR LEAD: While chestnuts roasting on an open fire may warm your heart this holiday season; Brian Osuch finds out that walnuts may be a healthier option. (:58)
SCRIPT: Newsbreak, I'm Brian Osuch. A new paper published in Advances of Nutrition from researchers at Pennsylvania State University determined the importance of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a plant-based omega-3. Dr. Michael Roizen, MD and Chief Wellness Officer of the Cleveland Clinic:
CUT: (Roizen) What they found in this study was that ALA was important and seemed to be a thing that decreased cardiovascular events… that's heart attacks and strokes.
SCRIPT: The doctor says there is an easy way to add plant-based omega-3s to your diet…
CUT: (Roizen) The easy way that I get them is from walnuts, so the whole food seems to be a great way of getting it.
SCRIPT: With 2.5 grams of ALA in a one ounce serving, walnuts provide more than eight-times the amount of ALA found in the next highest nut… and the doctor says you can find more information – along with some great holiday recipes featuring heart-healthy walnuts, including one for walnut currant cornbread stuffing – at walnuts.org.
That's Newsbreak from the California Walnuts Commission. I'm Brian Osuch.
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