Habitual consumption of nuts may decrease an individual's likelihood of developing metabolic syndrome.

This study assessed the correlation between nut intake and metabolic syndrome risk. Researchers followed and evaluated the 747 adult subjects with regard to their diets, lifestyle, and metabolic syndrome risk.

The team of investigators found out that individuals who consumed 3 servings of nuts per week had 34% lower chances of developing metabolic syndrome than persons who ate less than 1 serving of nuts per week. Furthermore, a 20% reduction in the risk of metabolic syndrome was associated with consistent consumption of 1 serving of tree nuts per day. In contrast, high dietary ingestion of peanuts was found to have an insignificant effect on metabolic syndrome risk in this study. The results of this study suggest that frequent consumers of nuts may be less predisposed to metabolic syndrome.