Eat Pecans

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    And, while we’re discussing lipids, here’s something else.

    Adding pecans to their diet appears to reduce lipid levels in some at-risk individuals

    This was based on a small study conducted by Liana Guarneiri, a PhD candidate at the University of Georgia. The study recruited 52 persons, aged 30 to 75 years, and assigned them to three groups, as follows:

    • One group was composed of 16 persons who kept to their regular diet, but added pecans.
    • A second group of 18 persons substituted pecans for foods of equal caloric content from their regular diet.
    • A third group of 18 were assigned to a nut-free diet.
    At baseline and at the conclusion of the trial at 8 weeks, all subjects had a high-fat breakfast and then had blood drawn over a period of 4 hours to determine changes in blood lipids.

    • Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) decreased 14 mg/dL in the group that just added pecans to their diet and decreased 9 mg/dL in the group that substituted pecans, but increased 6 mg/dL in the non-pecan-eating roup (P<0.01)
    • Triglycerides decreased 14 mg/dL in the group that just added pecans to their diet and decreased 13 mg/dL in the group that substituted pecans, but increased 27 mg/dL in the non-pecan-consuming group (P<0.001)
    Guarneiri noted that previous studies have shown that eating pecans had a positive effect on blood lipids among people who were healthy. The focus of her team’s current study was to determine if pecan consumption would also help people at risk of cardiovascular disease by reducing blood lipid levels.

    The study did not include actual cardiovascular disease outcome measures. The underlying assumption was that elevated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LCL-C) increases cardiovascular disease (CVD). However, it certainly does confirm the premise that vegetable fats are healthier than animal fats and consequently should reduce the incidence of CVD events.

    At first glance, the study conveys some good news, and certainly no bad news. However, it

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