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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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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.”

Average person consumes 4.6 kilos of nuts

The nut economy 2014

The consumption of nuts consistently ranges between 3.8 to 4.6 kilos per person.  Peanuts, hazelnuts, pistachio and walnuts have been named as some of the favorite types of nuts.  In the last fiscal year (July 2014- July 2015) the Bundesanstalt für Landwirtschaft und Ernährung (German Federal Bureau of Agriculture and Food) recorded that 345,200 tons of nuts were imported and consumed in Germany alone. 

The mostly commonly consumed are peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, walnuts, pistachios, Brazilian nuts and coconuts.  The most popular however is the peanut; in the fiscal year of 2014 Germans consumed a total of 105,000 tons of peanuts (with and without the shell).  In second place, the almonds with a total of 78,000 tons. Third place belongs to hazelnuts, with 53,000 tons.  Cashews, walnuts and pistachios all had similar amounts of consumption.

Cashews, walnuts and pistachios are neck and neck

In 2014/15 the net import of cashews is the fourth largest in Germany, at a total of 31,000 tons. Fifth place belongs to walnuts (with the shell) with a total of about 25,000 tons and pistachios in sixth place with a total import of 22,500 tons.  Coco/Brazilian nuts had about 4,000 tons. These amounts are based on the most current data available.

Quality check and tips for storage 
The best way to tell how fresh a nut is, is by looking at the flesh.  The lighter the flesh, the fresher it is and the more yellow the flesh, the older it is.  If the nut rattles inside it's shell, that is a sign that the nut has dried out. The nut should be intact and should not have a musty scent. Nuts still in the shell or even whole nuts will typically last longer than pre-cut or chopped nuts.  The reason being, the chopped nuts do not last as long because the natural oils of the nuts become rancid quicker due to exposure.  The packaging will also affect the self-life and the quality of the products.  Whole nuts or nuts in their shell will last the longest in nets or in wooden boxes.  Plastic bags will collect moisture that can promote mold.
Compact source of nutrition
What's inside?  These "power nuts" provide a huge amount of our daily requirements. Depending on the type of nut, every 100 grams provides between 42% to 73% of the fat we require daily and up to 25% of the protein. Also they contain a good source for fiber, minerals, vitamin B, vitamin C and folic acid.  To promote health, it is recommend we eat a moderate amount to benefit from their unsaturated fatty acids.

Source: www.ble.de


Publication date: 12/24/2015


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