Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

Nuts To You... Just One Way to a Healthy Heart


Nuts are readily available and provide a highly nutritious food. In addition to protein, carbohydrate, and fat, nuts contain many other important nutrients: fiber, vitamin E, folic acid, potassium, and magnesium. Although on some food charts you may see nuts listed in the same food category as diary products, eggs, and red meat because of the fat content, new information calls into question this designation.

While nuts do contain a high proportion of fat, tree nuts such as almonds, walnuts, pecans, hazel nuts, Brazil nuts, and macadamia are actually low in saturated fat. Most of the fat comes in the form of monounsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids, which are considered to be acceptable forms of fat that actually "reduce" the incidence of heart and vascular disease.

Several large studies have examined the relationship between the risk of heart disease and intake of omega-3 fatty acids from plant sources. In the Seventh Day Adventist Health Study researchers found that those who reported eating nuts more than four times per week had a 50% lower risk of heart disease than those who rarely ate nuts. The Nurses' Health Study found that heart disease risk was reduced by 35% in those who ate nuts compared with those who rarely ate nuts. An addition study found that the risk of type 2 diabetes went down by nearly 1/3 in women who consumed 1/4 cup of nuts five times per week compared to those that did not eat nuts at all.

One recent study looked at almonds in particular. They examined the effects on LDL ["bad"] cholesterol values. Each person served as his own control and they were each on three different "diets": almonds representing about 1/4 their entire daily calorie intake, OR a "handful" of almonds per day, OR a muffin [containing about the same number of calories as a "full dose" of almonds]. The LDL cholesterol went down about 10% when the subjects took a "full dose" of almonds, went down about 5% with intake of a "handful" of almonds, and did not go down at all with eating a muffin. In those with the higher "dose" of almonds, the "ratio" of bad to good cholesterol [LDL/HDL ratio] went down by 12%.

The American Heart Association (AHA) recognizes nuts [including almonds, walnuts, pecans, peanuts, macadamia, and pistachios] may help to lower your blood cholesterol and may be a very healthy "snack". However, they also warn that they are a source of calories and should not be used to great excess in those with calorie restricted diets and that you should avoid nuts with added oils or added salt. The AHA recommends eating an overall balanced diet that is high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and includes low-fat [or non-fat] diary products, fish and lean meats. If you add nuts to your diet, just be sure that you don't inadvertently add considerable total calories - despite the benefits of nuts, maintaining an ideal body weight is more important. Weight is often a simple lesson in physics - what comes in either stays [as increased pounds] or is used up for energy and metabolism [which is increased by a regular exercise program].

Dr. John Rumberger's experince in the field is extensive, and includes achieving his doctorate in 1976 (Bio-Engineering/ Fluid Dynamics/ Applied Mathematics) from Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio, with a dissertation on, A Non-Linear Model of Coronary Artery Blood Flow.

He then continued his education into medicine, in 1978 he became a M.D. graduating from the School of Medicine at the University of Miami, Florida. Since then, he has pioneered how the medical field views the process of blood flow through the heart. From my appointment as professor at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, to Medical Director at the HealthWISE Wellness Diagnostic Center in Ohio. He has just completed his book The WAY Diet available on amazon.com or direct through the publisher at http://www.emptycanoe.com


MORE RESOURCES:

3 Hot Nutrition Trends: Healthy or Gimmicky?
U.S. News & World Report (blog)
When I attended the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Atlanta earlier this week, I was on a mission. Sure, I wanted to network with my friends and colleagues, eat and drink at fun restaurants, go to a karaoke ...

and more »


New nutrition rules eat into school fundraisers
TBO.com
LAND O' LAKES — Pasco County School Board members expressed frustration this week about new federal standards that forced schools to change their a la carte offerings in cafeterias and their rules for fundraisers involving food. The Smart Snacks in ...
Nutrition rules eat into school fundraisersSuncoast News

all 2 news articles »


Scientific American

How Much Nutrition Do You Absorb from Food?
Scientific American
What factors determine how much (or how little) nutrition we get from our food?” There are, in fact, lots of things that influence what percentage of vitamins and minerals are absorbed, such as the other foods you eat at the same meal, how they are ...



Good nutrition during the first 1000 days of life is critically important
Washington Post
There has been a lot of focus in recent years on kids' nutrition — the obesity epidemic, getting kids to move, changing the way they eat at school. That's all good and helpful (we think and hope). But what if we started earlier? What if healthy eating ...



Nutrition Advocates Argue Against "Free Pass" for Colorado Schools
Public News Service
Michael Booth, managing editor of the Colorado Health Foundation's Health Elevations, recently researched an article on the topic and found many Colorado school systems are finding ways to meet nutrition standards, and act as a "lever" in the effort to ...



WPTV

Nutrition Myths Debunked
WPTV
If you eat fat-free you won't gain weight. Carbs make you fat. You'll put on weight if you eat after 8pm. Just a few nutrition claims that have been made over the years, that aren't necessarily true. Dietitian Chrissy Barth founder of “Nutrit. LSTV ...

and more »


University Herald

Purdue University Unveils Plan to Launch Nutrition Research Center
University Herald
Purdue North Central (Photo : Purdue North Central) Purdue University in Indiana will set up a research center focusing on nutrition education and obesity prevention with the support of a $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA ...
Purdue getting regional nutrition/obesity centerWTHR
Purdue's New Nutrition Center Will Work To Reduce ObesityIndiana Public Media

all 25 news articles »


Sounding off on purported plans to create UN Nutrition
Devex
“There is no effort underway to create a new body entitled UN Nutrition,” said Lucy Sullivan, executive director of 1,000 Days, an initiative to prevent undernutrition among young children, in a written comment to the story, citing conversations with ...



News from Rutgers

Nestlé Nutrition Partners With Rutgers University‒Newark and Program For ...
News from Rutgers
On October 29, Rutgers University‒Newark and Nestlé Nutrition U.S. will unveil a partnership to promote nutrition, health and wellness for expectant mothers and families with young children living in the Newark Fairmount Promise Neighborhood.



University Herald

Many in US have poor nutrition, with the disabled doing worst
Medical Xpress
To determine how these physical or mental difficulties can affect nutrition, University of Illinois researchers analyzed two waves of self-reported food and supplement consumption data from 11,811 adults, more than 4,200 of whom qualified as disabled.
Many Americans Have Poor NutritionUniversity Herald
Study: Many in US have poor nutrition, with the disabled doing worstEurekAlert (press release)

all 5 news articles »

Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright © 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.