Mississippi State University
Mosby, Terezie T.
Tidwell, Diane K.
Fountain, Brent J.
Date of Degree
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Graduate Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion
Hypertension is the cause of about 7.5 million deaths per year, globally. More than 40% of African Americans are diagnosed with hypertension. The aim of this study was to examine the effects of walnut consumption on blood pressure in a small convenience sample of African Americans in Mississippi. Fifty subjects participated in the study. Blood pressure was measured once a week for three weeks prior to the initiation of the intervention for a baseline data of the subjects’ normal blood pressure. During the 6-week intervention, the participants consumed a package of walnuts, daily. Blood pressure was measured weekly. The results of the study indicate that there was no significant impact on systolic pressure (MD: 1.61; CI: -.979, 4.20; p=.217) or diastolic pressure (MD: .806; CI: -.905, 2.51; p=.349). Future studies should be performed with more participants, higher dose of walnuts, and a longer trial period.
Barnes, Camille N., "Impact of Walnuts on Blood Pressure in a Small Convenience Sample of African Americans in Mississippi" (2018). Theses and Dissertations. 2611.