Tree nut consumption improves nutrient intake and diet quality of U.S. adults

Source: National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys

The health benefits of nuts have been well documented by scientists. They are laden with phytonutrients, rich in protein, monounsaturated fatty acids, dietary fiber, vitamin E and K, magnesium, folate, copper, selenium, and potassium. Yet, despite these well-documented health benefits, many people remain unsure as to how readily nuts should be incorporated into their diets.

With new data available from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, however, scientists have been able to demonstrate conclusively that people who consume tree nuts (almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, and walnuts) are much less likely to be nutrient deficient. Tree nut consumers also possess significantly lower sodium levels.

The scientists concluded that given the higher nutrient levels and better overall diet quality of tree nut consumers, more specific recommendations regarding nut consumption are necessary.