A recent study has found that there may be an association between a better metabolic profile for teenagers and the consumption of nuts. The study followed 2,233 individuals between the ages of 12 and 19 and found that four health outcomes were affected by nut intakes. The study examined that the body mass index, waist circumference, and systolic blood pressure was healthier for the teenagers who did consume over 12.9 grams of nuts as opposed to those who did not. The study also found disparities in how much nuts different races consumed. Males were found to consume more nuts than females, while caucasians were found to consume more than african americans or mexican-americans. More research needs to be done to find to solidify that the risk of metabolic syndrome decreases with the consumption of nuts in teenagers, but thus far, there seems to be a link between the two.
Contributing Author: Rosevine Azap