Be nutty for good health

Published: April 13, 2012

Chomping on nuts leads to higher levels of good cholesterol and lower levels of C-reactive protein.

WASHINGTON: Chomping on nuts leads to higher levels of good cholesterol (Hdl, high-density lipoprotein) and lower levels of C-reactive protein, which can trigger chronic diseases including heart disease, said a new study.

“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,” said Carol O’Neil, professor at Louisiana State University Agricultural Centre, who led the study.

The study looked at 13,292 men and women (over 19 years) participating in the 1999-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES), the Journal of the American College of Nutrition reported.

Intake was from 24-hour recall data and tree nut consumers were defined as those who consumed a fourth of an ounce daily.

Tree nuts comprise almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts, said a university statement.

Nuts were also linked 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.

Reader Comments (2)

  • Mirza
    Apr 13, 2012 - 7:43PM

    The fat obtained from nuts is much better than fats from animal sources. From the eye, skin, brain, and heart to the other problems mentioned above, nuts can take care of your general health. I have gone nuts many years ago. A good way to consume nuts is to makek them a major part of lunch instead of white bread and or rice.

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  • Subah
    Apr 14, 2012 - 3:08AM

    It is true, but the price of nuts does make one “go nuts.” Munching a few nuts during the day does give a good healthy feeling and one feels full. Taking nuts with tea instead of fatty snacks helps a lot.

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