Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Eating Nuts Associated with Improvements in Cholesterol Levels

Nuts are Alternative to Mediterranian Diet

Consuming more nuts appears to be associated with improvements in blood cholesterol levels.
According to the pooled analysis of 25 trials, participants who consumed an average of 67 grams (about 2.4 ounces) of nuts per day, were found to have an average 5.1 percent reduction in total cholesterol concentration, a 7.4 percent reduction in low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or "bad" cholesterol) and an 8.3 percent change in ratio of LDL cholesterol to high-density lipoprotein (HDL, or "good" cholesterol). In addition, triglyceride levels declined by 10.2 percent among individuals with high triglyceride levels (at least 150 milligrams per deciliter), although not among those with lower levels.

the lipid-lowering effects of nut consumption were greatest among subjects with high baseline LDL-C and with low body mass index and among those consuming Western diets.

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Eating nuts associated with improvements in cholesterol levels

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