Washington: Three new studies have explored the health benefits of consumption of tree nuts including almonds, cashews, hazelnuts and walnuts.

Researchers found that tree nut consumption was associated with a better nutrient profile and diet quality; lower body weight and lower prevalence of metabolic syndrome; and a decrease in several cardiovascular risk factors compared to those seen among non-consumers.

As seen during the research, tree nut consumers had higher daily intakes of calories and nutrients of concern, but lower intakes of added sugars, saturated fats, and sodium than non-consumers. Tree nut consumers also had lower weight, BMI, and waist circumference than non-consumers.

In addition, those who consumed tree nuts had lower systolic blood pressure and higher HDL-cholesterol (the good kind). On a population basis, these reduced risk factors could lead to better health.
The researchers looked at the effects of nuts on various cardiovascular markers.

"We found that nut consumption was associated with an increase in Monounsaturated fatty acids (the good fats) in the blood, which was correlated with a decrease in total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol (the bad kind), blood pressure, 10-year coronary heart disease risk, HbA1c (a marker of blood sugar control over the previous three months) and fasting blood glucose," explained Cyril Kendall, PhD, of the University of Toronto.

"Nut consumption was also found to increase LDL particle size, which is less damaging when it comes to heart disease risk," Kendall added.

According to Dr Kendall, this study found additional ways in which nut consumption may improve overall cardiovascular health. The studies were presented this week at the Experimental Biology Meeting in Boston, MA.


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