The Effect of a Mediterranean Diet Supplemented With Nuts on Metabolic Syndrome
Researchers in Spain reviewed the effect of slightly altered Mediterranean diets in people with heart disease risk factors. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine , found that the Mediterranean diet with added nuts was the most effective in decreasing risk factors.
About the Study
- 13.7% for the Mediterranean diet plus nuts
- 6.7% for the Mediterranean diet plus olive oil
- 2% for the low-fat group
How Does This Affect You?
The Mediterranean diet may not suit all tastes but there are important elements that can be included in any diet. In general, a heart healthy diet is high in fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fats. More recent studies also suggest that replacing unhealthy fats in our diets with monounsaturated fats may improve heart disease risk levels. Nuts are a good source of monounsaturated fats.
Lifestyle choices can play an important role in preventing or managing metabolic syndrome. Talk to a registered dietitian about making healthier choices in your diet.
American Dietetic Association
American Heart Association
Salas-Salvado J, Fernandez-Ballart J, Ros E, et al. Effect of a Mediterranean diet supplemented with nuts on metabolic syndrome status: one-year results of the PREDIMED randomized trial. Arch Intern Med . 2008 Dec 8;168(22):2449-58.
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