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Nuts and Lower Risk of Obesity

Posted: 08.20.2014

There may be an association between eating nuts and lower risk of obesity and metabolic syndrome, according to new research.  The new study used data on 800 men and women.  Those who ate the most tree nuts (e.g., almonds, walnuts, pistachios, Brazil nuts) and the legume peanuts were 37 to 46% less likely to be obese than people who ate the least.  Average consumption among the nut-eaters was about one-half ounce per day.  The study also found that for every one-ounce serving of tree nuts eaten per week, a person's risk of metabolic syndrome fell by 7%.  Nuts contain unsaturated fat, plant-based nutrients, fiber and protein.

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