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Each year a significant number of new research papers are published that continue to build on the body of science supporting the health benefits of eating a handful (30g) of nuts a day. Below are summaries of some of the latest nutty research.
New research has uncovered the prebiotic potential of nuts, showing that two handfuls of almonds a day can promote the growth of good gut bacteria while also inhibiting the growth of harmful bacteria.
Three new studies that link eating a daily handful or two of nuts with reduced risk factors for diabetes and heart disease will be presented by study author and world renowned nutrition researcher Dr Cyril Kendall, on Thursday at the World Diabetes Congress in Melbourne (Dec 3-6).
A Mediterranean diet including nuts reduces the risk of cardiovascular events by 28% (P=0.03) and in particular the risk of stroke by 46% (P=0.006) when compared to a control diet, according to new findings by one of the world’s largest and longest dietary intervention studies.
Australian adults will need to increase their nut consumption by 350% to meet the recommended daily intake identified in the dietary modeling that underpins the new Australian Dietary Guidelines. The guidelines establish recommendations for the types and amounts of food to consume for good health and chronic disease prevention.
One of Australia’s biggest diet myths – eating nuts makes you fat – has been busted by a new health report that for the first time reviews the past 20 years of scientific research on nuts and weight. The 2012 Nut Report: Nuts and the Big Fat Myth reveals that the diet myth is so engrained in the Australian psyche it’s the number one reason 98% of Australian don’t eat the recommended 30g handful of nuts a day.
International diet experts are urging fat-phobic Australians to stop kilojoule counting and adopt a high-fat diet to combat the nation’s most chronic diseases, including obesity, diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and heart disease.
New US Research published in the American Heart Association Journal Hypertension is the first to show that including both salted and unsalted pistachios in a healthy diet helps reduce blood pressure and lessen the vascular work load on the heart.
The Australian tree nut industry is set to double its worth and crack $1 billion in farmgate value with exports to exceed $750 million within eight years, according to an industry report.
Nuts are packed full of beneficial nutrients for good health, including a broad range of important vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemica
New research has revealed the first evidence of a link between eating nuts and higher levels of serotonin – a substance that reduces feelings of hunger and improves heart health – prompting researchers to recommend nuts to people fighting Metabolic Syndrome.
Did you know that the risk of heart disease is likely to be higher now than it was in Summer? The rates of heart attack and stroke deaths in Australia dramatically increase in Winter. In recent years, nuts have received special attention because of their potential role in preventing cardiovascular disease.
With Diabetes Awareness Week (10-16 July) just around the corner, it’s valuable to understand how a simple handful of nuts each day may not only aid weight management but also reduce the risk of diabetes and help in its treatment.
During pregnancy, your body’s need for many essential nutrients significantly increases, calling for a diet that is nutritious to help keep you and your developing baby fighting fit.
Nuts, in all their forms, are highly nutritious, providing protein, fibre, essential fats and plenty of essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin E, iron, zinc and calcium. Almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts are like nature’s own vitamin pill, all packed full of beneficial nutrients needed for good health.
While a gluten free lifestyle may initially seem overwhelming, becoming ingredient conscious will ensure those with the condition can make the best choices in the supermarket keeping taste buds happy without compromising nutrient intake. All tree nuts are naturally gluten free, opening up a delicious and nutritious new world for people following a gluten free diet.
Nuts are not only nutritionally powerful and worth their weight in gold, they’re extremely tasty and versatile, making them the perfect addition to any snack or dish that’s destined to be devoured by hungry appetites this festive season.
While chocolate is traditionally a Christmas gift giving favourite, nuts make a delicious, healthier and more versatile alternative.
Several studies have shown that those who follow a healthy vegetarian diet are less likely to develop obesity, heart disease and Type 2 Diabetes.
But, one of the big concerns for many vegetarians is how to get adequate levels of the essential protein and micronutrients found in animal based foods without needing a whole cabinet of mulitvitamins.
Many consumers have difficulty understanding and using the information on food labels to guide their food choices. Consumers need to interpret food labels correctly in the context of their individual lifestyle and dietary and health needs. Choosing foods wisely is made easier with Nuts for Life’s Top Five Tips for demystifying food labels.
Many dieters following traditional weight loss diets avoid or exclude certain high fat foods to reduce their kilojoule intake in the belief that those foods contribute to weight gain. Unfortunately this can often be at the expense of reducing key nutrients by removing foods containing healthy fats such as nuts, avocado and vegetable oils.
Nuts – almonds, Brazil nuts, cashew, chestnuts, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts are high in healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (ranging from 49% to 76% total fat, with the exception of chestnuts which contain only 0.6% total fat) but are also packed full of valuable vitamins, minerals, dietary fibre and antioxidants.
While adults should eat at least two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables every day, most Australians only eat half the amount of fruit and vegetables recommended to stay healthy.
Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables contributes to good health by protecting you against a number of diseases and helping maintain a healthy weight. But going that extra step to include a handful of nuts to this 2 + 5 mantra can help promote a healthy heart.
Tree nuts not only have a range of great health benefits but they are naturally gluten free, making them the ideal snack or food ingredient for the one in every 100 Australians that are gluten intolerant.
Move over cranberries, blueberries and broccoli there’s a new Superfood in town – nuts.
Nuts, especially pecans, walnuts and hazelnuts have a high antioxidant capacity (as measured by their total oxygen radical absorbance capacity or ORAC level) and are comparable, even superior to many known ‘superfoods’.
More and more evidence is indicating that eating nuts regularly is unlikely to cause weight gain. In fact there is an increasing volume of research that suggests eating nuts regularly (30-60g/day) as part of a moderate fat, kilojoule controlled diet can in fact help to manage weight.
Scientific research has found that eating a handful of nuts each day can halve your risk of developing heart disease, lower blood cholesterol, help control weight and act as a preventative measure against Type 2 diabetes. But further research into nature’s own vitamin pills has found nuts to even benefit lesser known health conditions such as eye health, gallstones and gut health.
It is widely recognised by nutritionists and researchers around the world that the Mediterranean diet is one of the best for your health and weight. But what is it about this diet that is so good for you?
While people with diabetes have twice the risk of heart disease over those without diabetes, the health benefits from eating nuts go well beyond the known cardiovascular health effects. Here’s an update on the latest research from around the world which is uncovering more about the importance of nuts for those living with or at risk of diabetes.
Nuts are jam packed with natural goodness. Nature’s own vitamin pill, nuts can be highly beneficial to your health, no matter your age.
Including nuts in your diet is as easy as eating a handful of nuts most days, and it’s as important as ensuring you eat 2 serves of fruit and 5 vegetables daily.
Nuts are not only an energy dense food, but nutrient dense too – rich in nutrients and other bioactives such as antioxidants with important metabolic benefits. Here’s how nuts can help combat the various health conditions linked with the Metabolic Syndrome.
Because nuts contain significant amounts of fat (largely the ‘good’ unsaturated type) and are energy dense, many people trying to manage their weight avoid eating them altogether. But studies have actually found that nuts can help to satisfy hunger for longer, meaning you actually eat less.
Studies show that enjoying a handful of nuts (30g) five to seven times a week can halve your risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
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Christmas can be one of the biggest times of year for family, friends, and your waistline! Why not go nuts this Christmas, substitute some indulgent Christmas treats with tasty, healthy nuts and spend New Years feeling great?
Research from around the world continues to demonstrate that nuts provide important health advantages.
International research investigating the health benefits of tree nuts, including almonds, Brazil nuts and macadamias supports the Australian nut industry’s message that it’s vital to eat a handful of nuts most days a week.
Cravings at work can have you throwing all of your good intentions out the window.
But did you know that eating just a handful of nuts each day can help to curb those afternoon hunger cravings?
There’s no better way to show your mum just how much you care, than giving her the heartiest gift this Mothers Day.
With the Heart Foundation’s Heart Week and Mothers Day taking place in May, all caring sons and daughters should give the gift of good health this year.
Go nuts on Australia Day
Australia Day is our big day to celebrate Australian traditions – and enjoy the influence of so many cultures and culinary delights that make Australia what it is.
Give a handful of love this Valentine’s Day
With research indicating that just a handful of mixed nuts each day can significantly reduce cholesterol and the risk of heart disease, the Nuts for Life program encourages sweethearts to give from the heart, for the heart, this Valentine’s Day.
Go nuts this festive season!
While we all enjoy the eating, drinking and entertaining associated with the Christmas and New Year period, the ‘silly season’ is often a time that leaves even the best of us feeling a little sluggish.
Nuts or supplements for all your nutritional needs?
Changes to Australia’s Recommended Dietary Intakes (RDIs) for nutrients has seen the requirement for a number of nutrients increase, which begs the question: can we meet all our nutritional needs naturally through our diet or are supplements necessary
More great news about nuts from around the globe!
Canadian researchers have shown that in addition to lowering blood cholesterol levels, raw almonds – when eaten with carbohydrate foods – may also slow the rise in corresponding blood glucose levels, which is another potential benefit to heart health. The effect may be due to almonds high monounsaturated fat content, vegetable protein, fibre and antioxidant content.
Nuts get to the heart of the matter.
We all know that enjoying a handful of nuts regularly does wonders for your heart. But just how easy is it to incorporate nuts into our daily diets?
Free Yoga in the City!
Nuts for Life is delighted to invite you to take a break from your “nutty” hectic life and come and join the Nuts for Life Yoga experience
New Report affirms link between nuts and healthy hearts.
A review by Australian nutrition experts, published in the international journal Current Opinion in Lipidology provides further support for the heart health benefits derived from regularly eating nuts.
More and more Australians get the message and celebrate nuts
This Australia Day, wake up, fly the flag and mark the nation’s birthday by tucking into a handful of nuts.
Media release outlining the major growth in the AustraianTree Nut Industry over the last four years.