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Eating tree nuts tied to lowered obesity risk

Published on January 14, 2014,

Reuters is reporting a new U.S. study adds to growing evidence that nuts – once considered too fattening to be healthy – may in fact help keep weight down, in addition to offering other health benefits…

Brazil nuts come from a South American tree

Brazil nuts come from a South American tree (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Researchers found that study participants who ate the most tree nuts – such as almonds, Brazil nuts, pistachios and walnuts – were between 37 and 46 percent less likely to be obese than those who ate the fewest tree nuts.

People who ate the most nuts were also less likely to have a suite of risk factors known as metabolic syndrome, which is tied to increased risk of heart disease and diabetes.

“This is another study that shows there is an association between eating nuts and not being obese and having less tendency to have metabolic syndrome,” Dr. Joan Sabaté told Reuters Health.

Sabaté is the study’s senior author from Loma Linda University in California.

The study, which was published online in PLOS ONE, was partially funded through a grant from the International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research and Education Foundation (INC NREF).

In another recent study, also funded by INC NREF, researchers found that people who reported eating the most nuts were less likely to die over a 24-year period than those who ate the fewest nuts (see Reuters Health story of November 20, 2013 here:>…

For the new study, the researchers used data on the diets of 803 Seventh-day Adventist men and women in the U.S. who were already enrolled in another study.

Overall, those who ate a lot of tree nuts – about 16 grams (half an ounce) per day – were just a little over normal weight, on average, compared to those who ate few or no nuts and were seriously overweight or obese.

A normal body mass index (BMI) – a measure of weight in relation to height – for an adult falls between 18.5 and 24.9, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Overweight people have BMIs between 25 and 29.9 and a BMI of 30 or more is considered obese.

People in the study who ate the most nuts averaged BMIs of about 27 while those who ate the least – less than 5 grams of tree nuts per day – averaged BMIs of 29 to 30.

The researchers also found that one third of the participants in the study had metabolic syndrome, which is defined as having three or more conditions associated with heart disease and diabetes risk. (Those include being obese, having high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and having a large waistline).

For every one-ounce serving of tree nuts consumed per week, however, a person’s risk of having metabolic syndrome dropped by 7 percent…

SOURE: PLOS ONE, online January 8, 2014.

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Video: Robert Lustig – Fat Chance: Fructose 2.0

Published on October 28, 2013,

University of California TV has released a video of a new lecture by Dr Robert Lustig, author of Fat Chance, returning to the theme and location of his original viral video hit “Sugar, The Bitter Truth” for an updated version. It runs for nearly 90 minutes but is highly recommended for his thoughts on sugar, diabetes, obesity, metablic syndrome, leptin, insulin, processed food and much, much more…

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You can see the original video, Sugar The Bitter Truth, which now has close to 4 million views, here:

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Video: Robert Lustig on Sugar, Obesity and the Diabetes Epidemic (from CNN)

Published on April 5, 2013,

Dr Robert Lustig, author of the book Fat Chance, was interviewed on CNN to discuss the diabetes epidemic which is costing the US $245 billion per year.  In this 4 minute clip Dr Lustig explains the difference between obesity itself and the actual diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardio vascular disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease that are more likely to affect obese people (collectively termed metabolic syndrome). Dr Lustig explains that obesity does not cause the diseases, but is instead a marker for them and normal weight people need to worry about these diseases just as much. So what’s to blame? In Dr Lustig’s opinion the ‘single most actionable item’ is reducing the availability of sugar in our diet…

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