Abstract Title:

Serum lipid effects of a monounsaturated (palmitoleic) fatty acid-rich diet based on macadamia nuts in healthy, young Japanese women.

Abstract Source:

Clin Exp Pharmacol Physiol. 2004 Dec;31 Suppl 2:S37-8. PMID: 15649284

Abstract Author(s):

Junko Hiraoka-Yamamoto, Katsumi Ikeda, Hiroko Negishi, Mari Mori, Akiko Hirose, Sayuri Sawada, Yuko Onobayashi, Kazuya Kitamori, Satoko Kitano, Misao Tashiro, Tomohiro Miki, Yukio Yamori

Article Affiliation:

Frontier Health Science, Mukogawa Women's University, Nishinomiya, Japan. [email protected]


1. Recent studies have identified potential beneficial effects of eating nuts, most of which have substantial amounts of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA). Macadamia nuts consist of 75% fat by weight, 80% of which is MUFA (palmitoleic acid). 2. To examine variations in serum lipid levels in response to a high-MUFA diet based on macadamia nuts, 3 week interventions of macadamia nuts, coconuts and butter were determined in young, healthy Japanese female students. 3. After 3 weeks intervention, serum concentrations of total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol were significantly decreased in the macadamia nut and coconut diets and bodyweight and body mass index were decreased in the group fed macadamia nuts, although there were no statistically significant changes in the group fed butter.

Study Type : Human Study

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