Walnuts Can Help to Protect Against Diabetes and Heart Disease
A recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found evidence that adding walnuts to your regular diet can help at-risk individuals to lower their risk of developing diabetes or heart disease. The study participants had BMIs higher than 25, waist measurements above 35 inches in women and above 40 inches in men, and each of the participants ages 30-75 also had one or more “additional risk factors.” The participants were either assigned to two back-to-back 8 week sequences of a walnut-enriched diet, or diet sequences that did not include any walnuts.
The results suggest that adding 56 grams of shelled walnuts daily, as a snack or part of a meal, can improve the endothelial function in an individual, without weight gain (often associated with introduction of higher fat foods). Lowered blood pressure trend (systolic) was also noted. Dr. David Katz, Director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center and lead author of the study commented that just asking people to make one habit change is relatively easy. Asking them to add a tasty food to their diet is especially appealing.
About our Regional Sponsor, California Walnut Board
The California walnut industry is made up of more than 4,000 growers and more than 80 handlers (processors). The Walnut Marketing Board was established in 1948 to represent the walnut growers and handlers of California. In April 2008, the Walnut Marketing Board became the California Walnut Board to provide origin designation to the product it represents. The Board is funded by mandatory assessments of the handlers. The CWB is governed by a Federal Walnut Marketing Order. The Board promotes usage of walnuts in the United States through publicity and educational programs, and also provides funding for walnut production and post-harvest research.
For more information, please visit www.walnuts.org.
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