Can eating walnuts make you smarter?

A new study conducted by a local university shows eating walnuts may actually make you smarter.

Researchers at Andrews University say walnuts can help increase your ability to discover true from false.

The study is called, "Effects of Walnut Consumption on Cognitive Performance in Young Adults," and it was led by associate professor of nutrition and wellness Peter Pribis.

"Walnuts truly are a power food which is loaded with all kinds of powerful nutrients which can be beneficial not only for your heart but also for your brain," Pribis said.

The team tested to see if supplementing walnuts into the diets of young adults would improve memory, intuition, mood and critical thinking skills.

"Students consuming walnuts showed a significant improvement in inference after consuming one-half cup of walnuts daily for eight weeks," Pribis said. "Walnuts will obviously not make you a critical thinker; this comes after years of studying. However, students and young professionals in fields that involve a great deal of critical thinking or decision-making could benefit from regularly eating walnuts," he added.

Participants in the study were given banana bread with or without walnuts and instructed to eat the bread three times per day. They were later assesed based on bloodwork, psychological analysis and written exams.

Significant results were found in the participants' inference skills, particularly when it came to answering true or false questions.

Pribis plans to continue his study on walnuts. He hopes to explore the effect of walnuts on people with depression.

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