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New evidence that eating nuts decreases prostate cancer mortality

by Christina Hwang , Staff Reporter , June 16, 2016
Eating tree nuts — such as almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts — five or more times a week reduced the overall risk of mortality for prostate cancer patients, a large prospective study has shown.
The researchers, led by Dr. Ying Bao, ScD, from the department of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, followed 47,299 men from 1986-2012, where every two to four years, the men reported on their diet and lifestyle. 

During the 26 years of follow up, 6,810 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer and 4,346 of those men had non-metastatic cancer, cancer that has not spread from the place where it started to other places in the body. 

“In the first part of the study, we asked the questions whether consuming more nuts prevents getting cancer,” Dr. Bao told HCB News. “We did not observe an association. In the second part of the study, we asked the question whether consuming more nuts reduces death rates among non-metastatic prostate cancer patients.” 

The team found that non-metastatic prostate cancer patients who consumed nuts five or more times per week after diagnosis had a 34 percent lower rate of mortality when compared to those who ate nuts less than once a month. 

Only about 10 percent of the 4,346 men died from prostate cancer and approximately one third of the patients died from cardiovascular disease and the rest from other causes. 

“Large studies have consistently shown that increased nut consumption was associated with reduced cardiovascular disease incidence and mortality,” Bao said. “Nuts are dense in nutrients and bioactive compounds that may confer cardio-protective, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties.” 

“Nuts are rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, and replacement of carbohydrates and animal fat with either unsaturated fats have been shown to reduce all-cause mortality and lethal outcomes among men with non-metastatic prostate cancer,” she said. 

She said that the common perception is that eating nuts may increase someone’s weight but they did not observe this in their study, and other large cohort studies did not observe this either. Additionally, even though nuts are high in fats, they mostly consist of unsaturated fats, which are considered healthy.

Maureen Ternus, M.S., R.D.

Executive Director

International Tree Nut Council

Nutrition Research & Education Foundation

2413 Anza Avenue

Davis, CA  95616

Ph: 530-297-5895

Web: nuthealth.org

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Consumers Of Tree Nuts More Likely To Eat Healthier


A new study* , in the open access journal Nutrients, compares the nutrient adequacy and diet quality of those who consume tree nuts (almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, and walnuts), and non-tree nut consumers in a nationally representative population. Tree nut consumption was associated with better nutrient adequacy for most nutrients that are lacking in the diets of many Americans, and with better diet quality.

Researchers looked at 14,386 adults, 19+ years of age, participating in the 2005-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES). Usual intake was derived from two separate 24-hour recalls. The difference between this study and previous research is that this one uses usual intake and compares nutrient adequacy versus nutrient intake. The latter simply looks at the amount of a particular nutrient an individual consumes. Nutrient adequacy, on the other hand, measures how much of a particular nutrient is consumed in relation to the recommend amount for that nutrient.

Tree nut consumers accounted for approximately 6% of the population and their mean usual intake was 44 grams (or approximately 1.5 ounces) per day. Compare this to the per capita intake of just 3.3 grams of tree nuts per day. When it comes to nutrient adequacy for most nutrients, tree nut consumers fared better than non-consumers. The data showed that, compared to non-consumers, tree nut consumers had a lower percentage of the population consuming usual intakes of nutrients below the recommended levels of vitamins A (22 ± 5 vs. 49 ± 1), E (38 ± 4 vs. 94 ± 0.4) and C (17 ± 4 vs. 44 ± 1);folate (2.5 ± 1.5 vs. 12 ± 0.6); calcium (26 ± 3 vs. 44 ± 1); iron (3 ± 0.6 vs. 9 ± 0.4); magnesium (8 ± 1 vs. 60 ± 1); and zinc (1.5 ± 1 vs. 13 ± 1). Tree nut consumers had a higher percentage (p < 0.0001) of the population over the recommendation for adequate intake for dietary fiber (33 ± 3 vs. 4 ± 0.3) and potassium (12 ± 3 mg vs. 2 ± 0.2 mg). The Healthy Eating Index-2005, an objective measure of diet quality, was significantly higher (p < 0.0001) in tree nut consumers (61 ± 0.7 vs. 52 ± 0.3) than non-consumers.

“Consumption of tree nuts should be encouraged, as part of a healthy diet, by health professionals to improve diet quality and nutrient adequacy,” according to Carol O’Neil, Ph.D., MPH, RD, lead author on the paper and Professor at Louisiana State University Agricultural Center. The authors also stressed the need for nutrition education programs that increase awareness and consumption of tree nuts.

“This new research further supports the need to encourage people to eat tree nuts for overall health,” states Maureen Ternus, M.S., R.D., Executive Director of the International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research & Education Foundation (INC NREF). “In 2003, FDA (in its qualified health claim for nuts and heart disease) recommended that people eat 1.5 ounces of nuts per day–well above current consumption levels–so we need to encourage people to grab a handful of nuts every day.”


The International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research & Education Foundation (INC NREF) represents the research and education arm of the International Tree Nut Council (INC). INC is an international, non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to supporting nutrition research and education for consumers and health professionals throughout the world and promoting new product development for tree nut products. Members include those associations and organizations that represent the nine tree nuts (almonds, Brazils, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, and walnuts) in more than 40 producing countries.

*O’Neil, C.E., T.A. Nicklas, V.L. Fulgoni III, 2015. Tree Nut Consumption Is Associated with Better Nutrient Adequacy and Diet Quality in Adults: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2005–2010. Nutrients. 7:595-607. doi:10.3390/nu7010595


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The Buzzati  Room in the premises of the Italian newspaper ‘Corriere della Sera’ was the particular venue chosen to host the ‘Packaging Day’ organized by the Italian Packaging Institute (Istituto Italiano Imballaggio) and CONAI (Italian packaging consortium supervising the eco-sustainability of packaging) under the umbrella of Altroconsumo (Italian association for consumer health), Ipack-ima (one of the major international packaging exhibitions) and the Polytechnic University.


The event culminated in the award ceremony for “Best Packaging 2016 – Where design and environment walk together”.


The Besana Group, thanks to the new ‘Smile Lite’ solution applied onto an attractive square tray packaging, has been awarded with the Oscar of Packaging 2016 for the BEST PACKAGING 2016 in the special OVER ALL section of the jury.


It is not the first time that the Besana Group is recognized for its ongoing innovation activity. In almost 100 years of company history, Besana has always been a pioneer in improved solutions for products and industrial processes, with a particular eye towards ever more reduced  environmental impact.


This prestigious prize has been received by Riccardo Calcagni, Managing Director, and Gianpaolo Gentile, Packaging Manager of Besana Group.



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You Asked: What’s the Best Work Snack?

Start stashing this nut in your desk.

Work munchies: they strike between breakfast and lunch, or an hour before you punch out. You could hold out for your next meal, but it’s not pretty when you get hangry.

So what should you reach for as you try to keep that New Year’s resolution? Fruits and vegetables are no-brainers. But for lots of reasons, walnuts are an optimal work snack, says Dr. Lenore Arab, a professor of medicine and disease prevention at UCLA.

Most nuts contain healthy antioxidant compounds called polyphenols, which improve cholesterol scores and also help lower rates of oxidative stress and vascular disease. But of all nuts, walnuts pack the greatest polyphenolic punch, according to a 2011 study appearing in the Royal Society of Chemistry.

MORE: Simply Eating Walnuts May Improve Your Overall Health

Walnuts beat out some other nuts when it comes to their stores of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), essential fats that both improve your metabolism and help you feel full. There’s evidence PUFAs help prevent the development of type 2 diabetes. And the American Heart Association has linked the kinds of PUFAs found in walnuts to lower rates of heart disease and stroke, as well as better cellular health.

On top of all this, Arab points out that walnuts contain very little salt and are a super-convenient snack—no plates or utensils needed. They’re even easy on your teeth. (“My dentist says almonds are too hard,” she says.)

But setting all that aside, the most compelling reason to munch on walnuts might be their potential to support your brain.

MORE: The 50 (New) Healthiest Foods Of All Time—With Recipes

For a research paper published earlier this year, Arab and her colleagues examined the diet and lifestyle habits of thousands of adults. In terms of memory, concentration, and “information processing speed,” the people who ate walnuts significantly outperformed their nut-averse counterparts. These results held even after the study team adjusted their results to control for age, exercise, ethnicity and other lifestyle factors that could otherwise explain the apparent brain benefits.

The best part: just half an ounce of walnuts a day, roughly six or seven whole walnuts, is all you need to enjoy the benefits indicated by her study. (Full disclosure: The study was funded by the California Walnut Council. But Arab and her colleagues don’t receive money from walnut producers, and theirs is just the most recent of dozens of studies linking walnuts to brain and body benefits.)

When it comes to a walnut’s brain-supporting powers, “it seems to be a combination of nutrients that promote cognitive health, rather than just one component,” Arab says. She lists various vitamins and nutrients, the antioxidants mentioned above, and a type of plant-based omega-3 fat called alpha-linolenic acid.

MORE: Eating Nuts Could Save You From Early Death

In a nutshell, walnuts are like a natural health supplement, chock full of salubrious compounds. “Eating a handful of walnuts daily as a snack or as part of a meal can help improve your cognitive health,” she says. “It isn’t every day that research results in such simple advice.”


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