Health Research Activities Update and Scientific Meetings


Health Research Activities Update and Scientific Meetings

The body of evidence about walnuts and health continues to grow. Find out about the latest studies published as well as scientific meetings attended by the CWC.

The body of evidence about walnuts and health continues to grow. Since 1990, the California walnut industry has supported the health research program to better understand the nutrition components, properties and health benefits of walnuts. Beginning in the area of cardiovascular risk reduction, prominent scientists and researchers continue to discover new details about walnuts with a focus on their unique nutrient profile. As of May 1, 2014 the California Walnut Commission has supported the publication of 136 manuscripts.

Recent publication highlights include:

“Long-term intake of nuts in relation to cognitive function in older women” published in the Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging in January 2014. In looking at food records of 16,010 women, Dr. Francine Grodstein of Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that in the Nurse’s Health Study, higher nut intake (including walnuts) may be related to better overall cognition at older ages, and could be an easily-modifiable public health intervention.

The proceedings from the California Walnut Commission sponsored symposium at the 2013 American Society of Nutrition (ASN) meeting  were published as a Journal of Nutrition supplement, “What Comes First: the Food or the Nutrient?” in February 2014. This supplement included articles from Dr. David R. Jacobs, Dr. Elaine Hardman, Dr. Barbara Shukitt-Hale, Dr. David Katz and Dr. Penny Kris-Etherton.

Scientific Meetings

In April, more than 120 academic and industry food and nutrition scientists and registered dietitians attended the California Walnut Commission sponsored ASN Satellite Symposium, “Deciphering the Evidence Behind Whole Food  Nutrition and Disease Risk Reduction” held in conjunction with the ASN's 78th Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting and Experimental Biology 2014. The program was well received and fostered much discussion following each presentation.