Nuts and Metabolic Syndrome

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Having metabolic syndrome greatly increases the risks for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

A recent study shows that eating tree nuts can significantly lower the risk for developing this syndrome. It was found that individuals who eat one ounce a week of nuts have a 7 percent lower risk of developing metabolic syndrome. Eating two ounces per week reduces the risk by 14 percent.

The study reported that while overall nut consumption was linked with a lower prevalence of metabolic syndrome, tree nuts specifically provide benefits independent of demographic, lifestyle and other dietary factors. The study also showed that participants who ate the most tree nuts had a “significantly lower prevalence of obesity” compared to those whose nut consumption was low. In addition to almonds, walnuts and pistachios, tree nuts include Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans and pine nuts.

nuts and metabolic syndrome

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