Tree Nuts May Prevent Diabetes and Heart Disease

April 17th, 2012

All those fancy nuts you see at parties may be helping out your heart as well as preventing diabetes. A study was recently released by Louisiana State University describing the effects of tree nuts on inflammation marker C-reactive. C-reactive is often linked with chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.

Researchers found that people who had a higher consumption of tree nuts such as pistachios, almonds, macadamias, walnuts and cashews were 5 less likely to develop metabolic syndrome, a condition which often elads to more chronic conditions.

Tree nuts have a significant amount of 'good' cholesterol. This helps the body to digest food, and metabolize it properly. Buildups of 'bad' cholesterols often lead to blocked arteries and heart problems. Researchers were quick to note however, that consuming too many nuts often can cause weight gain, as the body reacts to fats and cholesterol that are only good in small, steady amounts. The recommended intake by diet experts is only a quarter of a cup per day-a perfect mid-afternoon snack.