In a new study, scientists have revealed that moderate consumption of dry fruits and nuts every day can help in evading risk of cardiovascular disease among adolescence. Researchers from the University of Texas found that adults who consume at least 12.9 grams per day of nuts were twice less likely to develop metabolic syndrome, a syndrome that increases the risk of early heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
The study was conducted over 2,233 US adolescents, ages between 12 to 19 years. These volunteers participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) between 2003 and 2010.
After analyzing the data, study authors found that with each additional gram of nuts an adult consumed, decreased the metabolic syndrome risk. However, the results were positive up to 50 grams of intake per day, after that the benefits were diminished. Researchers blame too many calorie intake for benefits tapering off after a threshold consumption each day. Although nuts are rich in unsaturated fats beneficial for healthy heart, fiber, and other nutrients but they are rich in calories, and excessive calorie intake has its negative impact neutralising the benefits of nuts.
However, the lead author study Roy Kim, MD, MPH, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Children’s Health in Dallas, said that it is disheartening to see that most of the adults don’t include nuts and dry fruits in their daily dietary intake even after knowing that it has health benefits.
Moreover, Kim stated metabolic syndrome as a major health problem that needs to be tackled with appropriate effectiveness. The study do not outline the fact that eating nuts will nullify any chances of metabolic syndrome in the future, but it draws a correlation that suggests it could have a significant impact on the metabolic health of adolescents. More study is needed to develop a deeper understanding, said Kim.
Besides, nuts have several other health benefits including boosting memory, essential for an adult.