Eat tree nuts, stay slim

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In­clud­ing tree nuts in your daily diet could be an easy and in­ex­pen­sive way to stay slim and fit, sug­gests a re­search. Tree nuts in­clude al­monds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazel­nuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pis­ta­chios and wal­nuts.

The study of more than 14,000 men and women found that tree nut con­sumers were 25% less likely to be obese and 21% less likely to have an el­e­vated waist cir­cum­fer­ence than those who did not con­sume tree nuts. Over­all, nut con­sump­tion was as­so­ci­ated with lower body mass in­dex, sys­tolic blood pres­sure, in­sulin re­sis­tance and higher lev­els of high-den­sity lipopro­tein-choles­terol (good choles­terol). “Filled with plant pro­tein, di­etary fi­bre, and healthy monoand polyun­sat­u­rated fatty acids, tree nuts are a sa­ti­at­ing food that may ac­tu­ally help sup­press ap­petite,” said lead study au­thor Carol O’Neil, pro­fes­sor at Louisiana State Univer­sity Agri­cul­tural Cen­tre, US. “Now that sum­mer is here and peo­ple tend to be more ac­tive out­side, tree nuts are a great, por­ta­ble snack to take to camp, the beach or on a hike,” said Mau­reen Ter­nus of In­ter­na­tional Tree Nut Coun­cil Nutri­tion Re­search & Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion. The study was pub­lished in the Nutri­tion Jour­nal.

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