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2014-01-27

This Study is Just Nuts

After the back-to-back studies on nuts I covered in November, here is another positive study showing their health benefits. This study's results showed that high tree nut consumption is strongly linked to a lower risk of obesity and metabolic syndrome.

Tree nuts included almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, walnuts, and even peanuts (which aren't really nuts). Their consumption varied from daily to never, with average consumption being 16 g/day among the highest consumers, and 5 g/day among the lowest.

The data revealed that those who ate a diet rich in tree nuts were 46% less likely to be obese than those who rarely ate nuts.


Nearly a third (32%) of the study’s 803 subjects had metabolic syndrome (which includes abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol), and the results also found nut consumption lowered this risk..

In fact, even just one serving (of just 28 grams) of tree nuts per week could lower the risk of metabolic syndrome by 7%. Eating one of these servings a day could lead to almost a 50% lower risk!

So unless you've got an allergy to nuts, make sure you include a small amount of them into your daily diet.

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Source: Tree Nuts Are Inversely Associated with Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity: The Adventist Health Study-2

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