Dr. Oz Touts Health Benefits of Nuts

Turkish Nuts and Dried Fruits Can Be Part of Healthy Diet

Istanbul (August X, 2019) -- A recent study conducted by researchers at the NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) found that people who ate whole foods -- those whose diet contained foods like nuts, seeds and dried fruits -- ate about 500 calories less than people who were given the same nutrients, calories, protein, nutrition and fiber, but in a processed form.

“Nuts are probably the best kept secret in America, which is not a good thing,” said Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of the Emmy Award-winning The Dr. Oz Show, during in his 30-minute keynote speech during the 38th World Nut and Dried Fruit Congress, held in Boca Raton, Florida. "There are all these myths about nuts and dried fruits that drive me crazy, like they cause obesity. It's quite the opposite. Nuts help you lose weight because your brain is tracking nutrients more than calories so your body knows when to stop eating. They have been shown to potentially reduce the risk of heart disease and lower blood pressure."

Several published studies have also looked into nut consumption and cancer rates. Hazelnuts in particular have the benefit of Vitamin E, which has been well-studied in helping people who have cancer.

Turkey is the most important country of origin for hazelnuts. Very few countries in the world have a climate as favorable for hazelnut production. Today, Turkey cultivates hazelnut in an area of about 700,000 hectares and produces approximately 550-650,000 tons/inshell a year. It contributes more than 70% of the world's production of hazelnuts. The country is the world's largest hazelnut producer and exporter, generating an export revenue of over $18 billion over the last 10 seasons.

Turkey is also one of the leading pistachio-producing countries. The best pistachios in Turkey come from the area around the city of Gaziantep, which offers an ideal climate and excellent soil conditions. Therefore, Turkish pistachios not only taste good, they are also very rich in protein and vitamins, which are beneficial for fighting inflammation, protecting blood vessels and reducing the risk of heart disease.

As for dried fruits, Turkey is the leading producer and exporter of dried apricots and has 85-90% share in the global market. Turkish dried apricots contain a high level of fiber, vitamins and minerals.

Turkey also produces around 50% of the world's total dried figs that are exported to more than 150 countries as well as 25% of the world's sultana grapes which are exported to around 90 countries. Eating dried figs helps prevent heart and vein diseases, while sultanas are known to improve digestive health.

With hundreds of years of production and export heritage, Turkey has become the homeland of top-quality dried fruits and nuts. Thanks to its extreme capacity and flexibility to meet international demands, Turkey is primed to offer some of the world’s healthiest products with exquisite product taste and supreme quality.

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