A study was published in Journal of Nutrition a few months ago that caught my attention. It compared two groups of men and women, one who consumed 45 grams of nuts (namely macademia nuts-which are high in monounsaturated fat) and the other group had no nuts but the same amount of total fat. The study measured the change in lipid profile between the groups. The results revealed that the nut group had a significant reduction in both LDL (unhealthy) cholesterol and total cholesterol in just 5 weeks as opposed to the group without nuts.
This is great news for blood cholesterol management, which many of us Sustainable High Performers can benefit. But I think this study could have gone further and also measured inflammation markers and immune system function. If they had, we would have seen a decrease in inflammation markers and increase in immune system function, which really speaks to long term vitality and resilience. Nuts offer a great profile of key antioxidants and minerals that serve the body well to reduce inflammation and bolster the immune system. At TIGNUM, we want you to Think Different about foods and this is a great study to highlight all that nuts can offer. Go ahead, go nuts! (just watch the quantity to maintain a healthy weight)
By Patti Milligan
Director of Nutrition