25 Jun 2015
By Jacqueline Marshall, Jun 23, 2015
You need to heed your doctor’s dietary advice and make diabetes management a priority, but do not avoid eating nuts just because you think they cause weight gain.
Research indicates the opposite is true, that consuming nuts regularly promotes weight loss, and is associated with heart health and a reduced risk for diabetes.
Pecans, walnuts, Brazil nuts, almonds, and hazelnuts contain an amino acid called l-arginine, known to support cardiovascular health. Plus, those who partake of nuts tend to have lower blood pressure and fewer metabolic syndrome risk factors (e.g., abdominal fat, high fasting glucose).
Tree Nut Nutrition
Macadamias and Pecans
Tree nuts generally contain a good balance of healthy fats, quality protein, and carbs. Pecans and macadamia nuts, for instance, each provide high levels of healthy fat with smaller amounts of carbs and protein.
More than half of the fatty acids in macadamia nuts is the heart healthy monounsaturated fat oleic acid—comparable to the beneficial fat content of olives. Macadamias are also a rich source manganese, magnesium, and thiamin.
Luscious pecans are bursting with 19 plus minerals and vitamins, and research suggests they help lower LDL cholesterol and support arterial health.
Snacking on a quarter cup of walnuts gives a day's worth of omega-3 fatty acids, plus plenty of copper, manganese, and biotin. The walnut’s skin, though some people find it bitter, is dripping with antioxidants. To get the most from a walnut, we should eat them with the skin intact.
An almond’s skin is also full of antioxidants (e.g., phenols, flavonoids), those usually gotten from fruits and veggies. Just an ounce of these flavorful nuts gives us about the same amount of polyphenols (plant nutrients) as a cup of green tea.
Pistachios and More
People with diabetes can especially benefit from enjoying pistachios, though these nuts have more carbohydrate and less healthy fat than some others. The benefit comes from pistachios’ great store of lutein, beta-carotene, and vitamin E. Eating a serving or two each day also reduces oxidized LDL cholesterol in those with high levels.
Cashews are full of healthy fats as well, but like pistachios contain more carbs than other nuts. Pine nuts have about the same fat/protein/carb ratio as pecans and macadamias.
To get the most benefit from any tree nut, snacking on the raw and organic variety is recommended.
With diabetes, caution is the better part of wisdom. Before making any changes to a diet that is already managing your diabetes well, consult with your doctor.
Having said that, making tree nuts a regular part of your diet seems worth the expense and any dietary tweaking necessary. Nuts not only give us valuable nutrients they may add years to our life.
“Even those who ate nuts less than once a week had a seven percent reduction in risk [of dying for any reason]," reported the Washington Post about a 30 year Harvard study on nut consumption. "Consuming nuts at least five times a week corresponded to a 20 percent drop in mortality risk for heart disease, a 24 percent decline for respiratory disease and an 11 percent drop for cancer."
Nuts for Nuts: New Research Suggests Nuts Improve Cognitive Function, Decrease Women's Risk of Colorectal Cancer
18 May 2015
May 15, 2015 - Blog
Nuts are a popular snack among the growing number of consumers seeking natural, nutrition-packed and convenient options. While nuts already have a wealth of research to support their various health benefits, two recent studies suggest nuts can improve cognitive function, when combined with the Mediterranean diet, and decrease risk of colorectal cancer in women.
A recent article online by JAMA Internal Medicine found supplementing the plant-based Mediterranean diet with antioxidant-rich extra virgin olive oil or mixed nuts was associated with improved cognitive function in a study of older adults in Spain.
The randomized clinical trial included 447 cognitively healthy volunteers (223 were women; average age was nearly 67 years) who were at high cardiovascular risk and were enrolled in the “Prevencion con Dieta Mediterranea" nutrition intervention.
Of the participants, 155 individuals were assigned to supplement a Mediterranean diet with one liter of extra virgin olive oil per week; 147 were assigned to supplement a Mediterranean diet with 30 g/d of a mix of walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds; and 145 individuals were assigned to follow a low-fat control diet.
The authors measured cognitive change over time with a battery of neuropsychological tests and also constructed three cognitive composites for memory, frontal (attention and executive function) and global cognition. After a median of four years of the intervention, follow-up tests were available on 334 participants.
At the end of the follow-up, there were 37 cases of mild cognitive impairment: 17 (13.4 percent) in the Mediterranean diet plus olive oil group; eight (7.1 percent) in the Mediterranean diet plus nuts group; and 12 (12.6 percent) in the low-fat control group. No dementia cases were documented in patients who completed study follow-up.
In addition, individuals assigned to the low-fat control diet had a significant decrease from baseline in all composites of cognitive function. Compared with the control group, the memory composite improved significantly in the Mediterranean diet plus nuts, while the frontal and global cognition composites improved in the Mediterranean diet plus olive oil group.
A different study, published online this month in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found women who consumed a 1-oz serving of nuts, including tree nuts (such as almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts), two or more times per week had a 13 percent lower risk of colorectal cancer (RR, 0.87; 95% CI, 0.72-1.05; P=0.06) compared to those who rarely consumed nuts.
The study evaluated 75,680 women in the Nurses’ Health Study, with no previous history of cancer.
Previous research has shown that women in this same cohort, who consumed a 1-oz serving of nuts two or more times per week, had a significantly reduced risk of pancreatic cancer (RR, 0.65; 95% CI, 0.47-0.92; P=0.007) compared to those who largely abstained from nuts.
“These findings are very encouraging," said Maureen Ternus, M.S., R.D., executive director of the International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research & Education Foundation (INC NREF). “While we’ve known for years that 1.5 oz (or 1/3 c) of nuts per day can help reduce the risk of heart disease, more and more research is showing the potential beneficial effect of nut consumption on other chronic diseases such as diabetes and cancer."
26 Feb 2015
Die Besana Group wurde 1921 gegründet und ist heute in der vierten Generation im Besitz der Familie Calcagni, die bereits 1928 in das internationalen Handelsgeschehen einstieg. Erste Kontakte und Lieferungennach Deutschland, England, Schweden und Nordamerika legten die Weichen für eine spätere Zusammenarbeit mit einigender wichtigsten europäischen Handelsketten die teils bis heute fortbestehen (Ica (1928), Mark & Spencer (1934), Delhaize (1970) und Tesco).
Im Jahr 1988 gründete die auf den Export ausgerichtete Gruppe eine Niederlassung in England, um Kunden in der UK besser bedienen zu können. Anschließendging die Besana diverse joint ventures mit Partnern aus verschiedenen Ländern ein, erweiterte ihre Absatzmärkte und festigteeine immer engere Zusammenarbeit mit
internationalen Händlern, auch aus der Süßwarenindustrie (Ferrero, Nestlè, Ica, Colruyt und Delhaize, Mark & Spencer, Sainsbury‘s, Waitrose, Tesco, Barilla).
Schon 1990 stieg die Besana in das BioGeschäft ein und gehörte, vertreten durch den Präsidenten der Gruppe Giuseppe Calcagni, zu den Gründern der erfolgreichen Marke AlmaverdeBio. 2008 führte das Unternehmen die heute stark im Trend liegenden Goij Beeren in Europa ein, worauf 2010 der Erwerb der Schokoladenfabrik Vittoria Chocolatery Srl folgte. Neustens ist die Gruppe Besana mit bedeutsamen Lieferungen von Top Quality Produkten an die Gruppe Walmart in China vertreten.
Die von der Gruppe manövrierten Produktmengen stiegen von 2000 auf 2014 um 211%, wobei das Jahr 2014 mit einem Gesamtvolumen von 24.000 t und damit rund 12% mehr gegenüber 2013 abschloss.
Der Betrieb beschäftigt um die 400 Arbeiter und verfügt über insgesamt 35 Verpackungslinien, die pro Jahr geschätzte 100 Mio kleiner Produktportionen herstellt. Das Jahr 2014 schloss mit einem Umsatz von 171 Mio Euro ab, der einem Zuwachs von 19% gegenüber 2013 entspricht.
Das Labor der Besana diente den eigenen Untersuchungen
und gilt als wegweisende Anlaufstelle für sichere Analysen
in Punkto Lebensmittelkontrolle