Crack­ing open those nutty myths

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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.

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