Consuming Nuts Can Keep Off Weight

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In a research published in a periodical, the investigators evaluated the risk factors for heart diseases, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes of nut consumers against those who did not eat nuts. Tree nuts like walnuts, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, cashews, pecans, pistachios and macadamias consumption particularly was linked with elevated levels of high-density of lipoprotein – cholesterol and reduced levels of c-reactive protein. This is a maker for inflammation which can initiate for inflammation which then leads to numerous chronic diseases which includes the heart disease.

One another interesting result was the fact that the consumers of tree nut had reduced bodyweight and reduced body mass index and circumference of waist as against the individuals who did not consume. The average weight, waist circumference and BMI were 4.19 pounds, 0.83 inches and 0.9kg/m2 less in the nut consumers than the individuals who did not eat nuts. This was reported by leading authors of the research at University Agricultural Centre of the state of Louisiana.

How was the research conducted?

The research examined around 13292 males and females who participated in the Survey of National Health and Nutrition Exam held in the year 1999-2004. The data was taken from 24 hour recall data and the consumers of tree nut were defined as those individuals who consumed every day. The tree nut consumption was linked with 5% low occurrence of metabolic syndrome and increased risk for stroke, coronary heart disease and type 2 disease. Also the consumers of tree nut had low occurrence of syndromes like abdominal obesity, elevated fasting glucose, high blood pressure etc.  Additionally, earlier research by the similar authors proved that though the tree nut consumption in US populace is particularly low nutrient intakes, yet the diet quality were prominently developed when tree nuts were eaten.


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