The American Heart Association's Heart-Check mark is a credible reference and an icon that consumers trust.  In fact, 83 percent of consumers have an aided awareness of the Heart-Check mark, and 73 percent of primary grocery shoppers say the Heart-Check mark improves the likelihood that they'll buy a product [4].

Dr. Penny Kris-Etherton, distinguished professor of nutrition at Penn State University believes “the Heart-Check mark on walnuts is an important step forward in our thinking about how to eat heart healthy.  Emphasizing good fats is important and walnuts are loaded with good fats in the form of polyunsaturated fatty acids.”  She states that “unsalted walnuts are nutrient-dense and a can easily fit in a heart-healthy diet.”

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1 http://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/publications/AAG/dhdsp.htm

2 Please note: One ounce of walnuts provides 18g of total fat, 2.5g of monounsaturated fat, 13 g of polyunsaturated fat, including 2.5 grams of alpha linolenic acid - the plant based omega-3; 2g of fiber; 4g of protein, 3.68 mmol/28 g of antioxidants. (http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/cgi-bin/list_nut_edit.pl)

3 “Supportive but not conclusive research shows that eating 1.5 ounces per day of walnuts, as part of a low saturated fat and low cholesterol diet and not resulting in increased caloric intake, may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease”

4 http://www.heart.org/idc/groups/heartpublic/@wcm/@private/@fc/documents/downloadable/ucm_300868.pdf