Studies again prove the positive effects of nut consumption
The incidence of Type-2 diabetes can be reduced by 52% with a regular consumption of nuts*. N eed more reasons to consume more nuts? The health benefits of nut consumption have again been highlighted, this time at the INC Symposium entitled “Nuts in Health and Disease” held at the 3rd World Congress. Nutrition experts presented new findings on the positive effects of nut consumption, particularly in relation to diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cognitive degeneration and mortality rates.
Nut consumption has a protective effect on insulin-resistance and Type-2 diabetes. By following a Mediterranean diet, including 30grams of nuts a day, the incidence of diabetes reduced by 52% among the people
aged between 55 and 80 (non- diabetic when the study began) who followed this type of diet for at least four years. The daily
consumption of nuts improves the glycemic control and the lipid levels in blood in patients. * According to the PREDIMED study: http://www.nejm.org/doi/ full/10.1056/NEJMoa1200303
Nut consumption has a positive effect on cardiovascular health due to nuts’ unique nutritional composition. They contain high levels of monounsaturated fatty acids, fibre, minerals and vitamins which may explain why they can protect the cardiovascular system and have a positive effect against diseases with high mortality rates. Cardiovascular diseases are the main mortality cause in the whole world, with 17 million deaths each year. Furthermore, nuts enable the blood to flow better and improve the endothelial function of the blood vessels. They also have an anti-inflammatory effect. These benefits are attributed to the multiple components that these products have, such as vitamin E, folic acid, magnesium, arginine, plant sterols and phytochemical compounds. They also have a low content of saturated fatty acids, among others. Cardiovascular-disease induced mortality was reduced by 29% in people who ate nuts four or five times a week.
An increase in nut consumption is directly related to the decrease of the total mortality and of the mortality caused by a specific cause, excluding other indicators.
Nut consumption also has a positive effect on metabolic syndrome control, which is the combination of at least three interlinked cardiovascular risk factors (central obesity, high blood pressure, high triglyceride concentration, low levels of good cholesterol and hyperglycaemia or diabetes, among others). The metabolic syndrome increases the risk of suffering from Type-2 disbetes and cardiovascular diseases.