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<a href="http://healthiswealth.net/index.pNut Consumption May Improve Heart Health Indicators
In a pooled analysis of 25 nut consumption studies involving 583 men and women with normolipidemia and hypercholesterolemia who were not taking lipid-lowering medications, results indicate that nut consumption may improve lipid profiles in a dose-dependent manner. A mean daily consumption of 67 g of nuts was associated with a 5.1% mean reduction in total cholesterol concentration, a 7.4% mean reduction in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol concentration (LDL-C), and a 5.6% mean reduction in ratio of LDL-C to high-density lipoprotein cholesterol concentration (HDL-C). Additionally, subjects with blood triglyceride levels of at least 150 mg/dL showed a 10.2% mean decrease in blood triglyceride levels. Lastly, the lipid-lowering effects of nut consumption was found to be strongest in subjects with high baseline LDL-C and subjects with low BMI (body mass index). Thus, the authors of this study conclude, “Nut consumption improves blood lipid levels in a dose-related manner, particularly among subjects with higher LDL-C or with lower BMI.”
“Nut consumption and blood lipid levels: a pooled analysis of 25 intervention trials,” Sabate J, Ros E, et al, Arch Intern Med, 2010; 170(9): 821-7.