As a high-calorie food source it is often perceived that eating nuts adds inches to our waistlines, but the results of a recent study suggest something very different.
As part of a European wide study observing individuals over a 5-year period scientists found that participants who consumed nuts (more than one serving per week) gained less weight when compared to non-consumers. The study also showed a higher frequency of nut consumption (6g/day) was associated with a 5% lower risk of becoming overweight or obese.
“This is the largest study ever conducted showing that nuts are a non-fattening healthy food” said Dr. Joan Sabate, Professor of Nutrition at Loma Linda University and Senior Investigator of this research.
Furthermore, nuts offer two very positive properties which influence a food’s ability to satisfy our appetite – a low glycaemic index and high protein content – which helps us eat less of other foods making them the ideal snack for anyone who wishes to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. Studies also show that regularly eating nuts has a positive effect on our metabolism – in some cases, nuts have been shown to raise the metabolic rate by more than 10%.
HOW TO ENJOY NUTS
And just in case you were stuck for ideas on how to consume your handful of nuts a day, (other than a bag of Fairtrade nuts of course), we suggest making this fruity, oaty breakfast bake by Fiona Kirk. The perfect start to your day!
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