New Zealand


A Cracker of a Nut


Omega 6 and Omega 3 Fatty Acids
in Rex Walnuts

By Professor Geoffrey Savage, Food Group, Lincoln University.

Walnuts contain a very positive ratio of ratio ω-6:ω-3 when compared to other oils commonly consumed. Cultivar Rex has the best ratio within all the walnuts currently evaluated.

The regular consumption of walnuts in the diet has been shown have a very positive effect against heart disease. The consumption of Rex would appear to have even greater advantages when compared to the average composition of the other main cultivars of NZ walnuts.

As well as containing a positive ratio of ω-6:ω-3 fatty acids walnuts are nutrient-dense and contain significant amounts of antioxidants such as vitamin E, phytosterols, polyphenols and important minerals such as magnesium, potassium and copper as well as dietary fibre.

View the full report on Fatty Acids (pdf).