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The Mediterranean Diet by Ronald Ross Watson, Victor R. Preedy

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Chapter 17

Contribution of Nuts to the Mediterranean Diet

Emilio Ros, MD, PhD1,2 eros@clinic.ub.es    1 Lipid Clinic, Endocrinology & Nutrition Service, Institut d'Invesigacions Biomèdiques, August Pi Sunyer, Hospital Clinic, Barcelona, Spain.2 CIBER Fisiopatologia de la Obesidad y Nutrición (CIBERobn), Instituto de Salud Carlos III (ISCIII), Barcelona, Spain.

Abstract

Like all tree nuts, Mediterranean nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, pine nuts, pistachios, and walnuts) are nutrient-dense foods rich in unsaturated fatty acids, protein, fiber, healthy minerals, tocopherols, phytosterols, and polyphenols. By virtue of their unique composition, nuts beneficially affect health outcomes. Epidemiologic studies have associated nut consumption with a reduced ...

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