Nuts and gallstones.
Factors like obesity, diabetes, fasting, and rapid weight loss can increase the risk of gallstones. A new study suggests that eating nuts frequently can reduce the risk of gallstone disease in women. Researchers from Harvard Medical School studied more than 80,000 women for 20 years to see who developed gallstones. Women who ate 5 or more ounces of nuts per week had a lower risk of having to have their gallbladder removed because of gallstones compared to women who rarely or never ate nuts. These results were for both peanuts and tree nuts. Factors in nuts that may reduce the risk of gallstones include monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, fiber, phytosterols, and magnesium.
Tsai C-J, Leitzmann MF, Hu FB, et al. 2004. Frequent nut consumption and decreased risk of cholecystectomy in women. Am J Clin Nutr 80:76-81.
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|Title Annotation:||Scientific update: a review of recent scientific papers related to vegetarianism|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Jan 1, 2005|
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