Partly Cloudy
8°CWed :Sunny/Wind. High: 17 Low: 3

Eating tree nut may help combat metabolic syndrome

Eating tree nut may help combat metabolic syndrome

Washington: Consumption of tree nut (almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts) may lower risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, researchers suggest.

In a study the researchers found that tree nut consumption specifically, was associated with higher levels of high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (good cholesterol) and lower levels of C-reactive protein, a marker for inflammation, which can lead to a variety of chronic diseases including heart disease.

“One of the more interesting findings was the fact that tree nut consumers had lower body weight, as well as lower body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference compared to nonconsumers,” stated Carol O’Neil, PhD, MPH, RD, lead author on the paper and Professor at Louisiana State University Agricultural Center.

“The mean weight, BMI, and waist circumference were 4.19 pounds, 0.9kg/m2 and 0.83 inches lower in consumers than non-consumers, respectively,” O’Neil stated.

The study looked at 13,292 men and women (19+ years) participating in the 1999-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES). Intake was from 24-hour recall data and tree nut consumers were defined as those who consumed a quarter ounce/day.

Tree nut consumption was associated with a five percent lower prevalence of metabolic syndrome, a name for a group of risk factors that occur together and increase the risk for coronary artery disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.

In addition, tree nut consumers had a lower prevalence of four risk factors for metabolic syndrome: abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, high fasting glucose (blood sugar) levels and low high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol levels.

Moreover, previous research by the same researchers showed that although tree nut consumption in the U.S. population is relatively low (mean intake of 1.19 ounces/day for nut consumers) nutrient intakes and diet quality were significantly improved when tree nuts were consumed.

The latter appear to be associated with a greater intake of whole grains, fruits, and less saturated fatty acid, sodium and calories from solid fats, alcohol and added sugars.

As a result, Dr. O’Neil recommends, “Tree nuts should be an integral part of a healthy diet and encouraged by health professionals—especially registered dietitians.”

 

Top Stories

227436-priyanka

Priyanka Gandhi denies reports that she wished to contest against Narendra Modi

April-23-2014
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, presently managing the campaign for Sonia and Rahul Gandhi in Amethi and Rae Bareli, was reportedly willing
money300

Black money may account for 1/3rd of Rs 30k Cr poll expenses

April-22-2014
New Delhi: As general elections draw closer, ‘unaccounted money’ may account for over tierce of total Rs 30,000 large integer calculable to
MalaysiaAirlinesPlaneTakeOff_large

Malaysia to issue death certificates in missing plane

April-22-2014
The Malaysian government can issue death certificates for passengers of missing Flight MH370 and supply monetary help to families still hanging onto
nexux

Google engaged on a budget Nexus smartphone

April-22-2014
Google has been in the news since last number of years for engaged on a budget Nexus smartphone. However, the items haven’t
fdf1cd30-c9db-11e3-9371-91f8250ebe24_IMG_8573

Bollywood celebrities support AAP

April-22-2014
  Bollywood celebrities support AAP After fielding screenland candidates like Gul Panag, Jaaved Jaffrey and Jaspinder Narula from various Lok Sabha constituencies,
muslim-s2

In geographical area, Muslims bitter but see few choices on the far side Cong

April-22-2014
In Maharashtra muslims are also sad regarding the means within which the state has “illegally detained” kids in terror cases. Muslims kind