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New study reveals walnuts as a suitable meat alternative

Walnut mince is ideal for reinterpreting beloved classics such as Bolognese and burger patties into a plant-based version.

A study from the US supports the fact that walnuts are not only delicious as a meat substitute but can also improve nutrient intake.

This is in line with the new recommendations of the German Nutrition Society (DGE), which emphasize a plant-based diet and highlight the importance of nuts and legumes with a new segment in the dietary circle. (Source: DGE press release) Accordingly, walnuts make an important contribution to a balanced diet.
How does the partial replacement of meat with walnuts affect dietary quality and nutrient intake? This was investigated by US researchers in a modeling study recently published in the journal Nutrients.

Based on the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2015 - 2018, the researchers analyzed data from around 8,000 participants. Different portion sizes were analyzed, with one portion of meat being replaced by about half walnuts.

The results indicate that the partial replacement of meat with walnuts improved overall diet quality in all age groups, increased levels of omega-3 ALA, fiber, magnesium and copper, and significantly lowered cholesterol and vitamin B12.

The nutritional benefits, together with the texturizing properties and mild nutty taste of walnuts, make them an excellent ingredient for new plant-based alternatives.

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