Cracking open those nutty myths
This month sees National Nut Day on October 18, and it’s perfectly timed with the revelation that, yes, you can go nuts on nuts!
A recent literature review, Nuts & the Big Fat Myth, released by Nuts for Life in Australia, claims to disprove the theory that the high fat content of nuts could lead to weight gain. The review says people can eat nuts even if they’re worried about their waistline, and that nut eaters are more likely to weigh less than those who leave them out of their diets.
The report explains that nut eaters absorb less fat because the fibrous walls in nuts help stop the body from absorbing up to 20 percent of the nuts’ fats. In addition, the high amount of protein, fibre and unsaturated fats in nuts works hard to suppress hunger, and snacking on them regularly means we’re likely to feel fuller for longer. Nuts also send satiety signals to the brain and regular consumption boosts resting metabolic rates by
five to 10 percent.