In a study the researchers found that tree nut
consumption specifically, was associated with higher levels of high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (good cholesterol) and lower levels of C-reactive protein, a marker for inflammation, which can lead to a variety of chronic diseases including heart disease.
The researchers also discovered that, on average, tree nut
consumers had significantly lower weight, waist circumference and body mass index (BMI) compared to non-tree nut
Researchers at Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy conducted a review and meta-analysis of 61 trials to investigate the effects of tree nuts
on blood lipids, lipoproteins, blood pressure, and inflammation in adults 18 years and older without cardiovascular disease.
The findings suggest that education about the appearance of all forms of peanuts and tree nuts
is an important follow-up to the diagnosis of any kind of nut allergy.
Only the lipid content of peanut was solidified at room temperature (25+-3degC), whereas the tree nut
lipids were in liquid phase.
Many children outgrow their allergies, for example, egg and milk allergy are outgrown in at least 85% of children by the age of five to seven years, whereas peanut, tree nut
and sesame allergy tend to continue into adulthood.
However, "Children with peanut or tree nut
allergy may be at particular risk," he added in his poster presentation.
Sicherer of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and his associates had previously conducted a telephone survey of over 4,000 households to determine the prevalence of peanut and tree nut
allergy in 1997, and in this investigation they repeated the survey in 2002 for comparison.
5 million people--more than double the three million people who have a peanut or tree nut
Peanut and tree nut
allergies account for the majority of fatal and near fatal anaphylactic reactions (Bock, Munoz-Furlong, & Sampson, 2001; Sampson, 2002) and generally develop at an early age.
Moroccan-Spiced Tree Nut
Couscous (Makes 4 servings) 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil 1/2 cup couscous 1 cup water 1/2 cup lightly toasted mixed tree nuts
(almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, or pine nuts) 1/2 cup raisins 1/3 cup red bell pepper, chopped 1/4 cup each: chopped fresh Italian parsley and mint 1 1/2 teaspoons each: ground cinnamon and cumin 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper