The California Walnut Board was established in 1948 to represent the walnut growers and handlers of California. The Board is funded by mandatory assessments of the handlers. The California Walnut Commission, established in 1987, is funded by mandatory assessments of the growers. The California Walnut Board and California Walnut Commission represent the California walnut industry, made up of 4,000 growers and approximately 75 handlers. California walnuts comprise more than 99 percent of U.S. production of English walnuts and approximately half of the world trade.
California-grown walnuts are not genetically modified. The California walnut industry understands consumer concerns regarding genetically modified foods. Therefore, they work closely with the University of California’s walnut breeding program to release new walnut varieties for planting that have been developed through conventional breeding methods. The California Walnut Board does not anticipate production of genetically modified walnuts in California in the foreseeable future.
Walnuts are naturally a gluten-free food. If you have Celiac Disease or are sensitive to gluten, please check the packaging to ensure that the product was not processed in a facility with products that contain gluten. Walnuts are the only nut significantly high in omega-3 ALA. Omega-3s are essential fatty acids critical to various body processes.
The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension diet–known at the DASH diet–is an eating program that was developed through research sponsored by the U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH) that is aimed at reducing blood pressure and cholesterol. It includes eating fruits and vegetables, low-fat or non-fat dairy, nuts (including walnuts), and whole grains. It includes high fiber and low to moderate fat, and is rich in potassium, calcium and magnesium. Recent DASH studies have shown benefits of lowering sodium intake on blood pressure. Not only have studies shown that eating walnuts is associated with improved blood pressure and cholesterol levels, walnuts are naturally sodium-free and thus are a perfect food for those following the DASH diet guidelines.
These moist and delicious muffins are perfect for breakfast, a holiday brunch, or as a light snack.