Staying healthy during COVID-19 crisis: Eating nuts can help heart health
The COVID-19 crisis has had a huge impact on importers, especially in the processed fruit and vegetables and edible nuts sector. Below we share our latest market research with you.
The health effects of eating nuts have been extensively researched over the last few decades. Independent and industry-related research teams have found evidence that eating nuts contributes to a healthier lifestyle. European consumers are now becoming better informed about the health benefits of eating nuts.
The news about the health benefits of eating nuts has reached European consumers. European imports and the consumption of nuts have greatly increased over the last 5 years. Since 2014, imports and internal trade have increased by more than 350 thousand tonnes. These totalled 2.6 million tonnes in 2018! This means that the already very high number of 130,000 shipments has increased by 4,000 containers and truckloads of nuts per year.
There is a reason for the higher consumption of nuts. Nuts are rich in protein, beneficial fatty acids, minerals, fibre and E and B-complex vitamins. The health effects of nuts have been researched for many years. One study, published in 2013 in the New England Journal of Medicine, used data collected over 30 years. In the study, regular consumption of nuts was associated with longer life expectancy. Eating nuts was associated with a lower mortality rate from cardiovascular disease.
The Health Research Database from the International Nuts and Dried Fruit Council (INC) is a good source of information for the health effects of eating nuts. The free database gives you access to more than 2,400 scientific references, studies, and publications. The INC has provided more than €3.5 million in funding for research and circulation projects on the health effects of eating nuts and dried fruit.
The International Macadamia Council and the International Prunes Association both want to promote nut consumption. Producers of macadamia nuts and prunes have decided to partner in investing in health research projects. Macadamia producers are investing in a study that looks at the effects macadamia nuts have on the prevention of cardiovascular disease, weight loss and the improvement of body composition. Prune producers are investing in studies that look at the effects of prune consumption on bone health and osteoporosis.
New CBI studies published on the health benefits of nuts
CBI understands the importance of increasing nut consumption and the associated opportunities for developing countries. This year, CBI focused on exploring opportunities for cashew nuts, macadamia nuts, pistachios and groundnuts (peanuts). These nuts also have health benefits that should be promoted by joint efforts.
- Cashews are high in vitamin K and minerals such as iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, manganese and copper. Iron supports normal immune function. High vitamin K content may also contribute to normal blood clotting and healthy bones. They may also have fewer calories than previously thought.
- Macadamia nuts have properties that lower oxidative stress, inflammation and cholesterol.
- Pistachios reduce blood sugar levels. They are rich in beta carotene and lutein. Pistachios help balance blood sugar levels when eaten with a meal high in carbohydrates.
- Peanuts are high in vitamin B3, B6 and magnesium. They may improve circulation in the brain and enhance cognitive function.
This news article was written for CBI by Autentika Global.
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