April 16, 2012

Tree nuts implicated for healthier body weight

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People who consumed tree nuts had higher levels of good cholesterol (HDL) and lower markers for inflammation (CRP)  than people who did not eat tree nuts. The litany of health benefits from consuming tree nuts included reduced risk of coronary artery disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes .

Tree nuts is an unfamiliar term but includes common nuts like: almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts.

The lead author on the paper had a very telling observation to be considered for those looking to optimize healthy body weight. She said, “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.”

How bananas does someone have to go for “tree nut” consumption? The tree nut consumers recalled that they ate, equal to or greater than, 1/4 ounce per day.

Furthermore, the compelling evidence for lowering the risk of metabolic syndrome qualifies in four categories: abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, high fasting glucose (blood sugar) levels and low high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol levels.    

The Executive Director of the International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research & Education Foundation (INC NREF) interjected with a qualifying statement based on an FDA claim. “In light of these new data and the fact that the FDA has issued a qualified health claim for nuts and heart disease with a recommended intake of 1.5 ounces of nuts per day, we need to educate people about the importance of including tree nuts in the diet. And, since February is heart month, this is a great reason to go nuts for your health!”

Excuse the excessive puns. I honestly believed the International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research & Education Foundation was contrived until I checked with Google. It’s legit! Alexa says it’s been online for more than thirteen years.

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