Eat­ing nuts can re­duce your gut

The Western Star - - Healthy Living -

EAT­ING a hand­ful of wal­nuts a day in­stead of snacks such as chips pre­vents pil­ing on the pounds, re­searchers say.

A ma­jor study found it could be a sim­ple way to ward off obe­sity.

Nuts are not usu­ally con­sid­ered good for weight con­trol be­cause, de­spite be­ing rich in healthy un­sat­u­rated fats, vi­ta­mins and fi­bre, they are calo­rie-dense. But ev­i­dence now sug­gests they can stave off hunger and in­crease the amount of fat ex­creted.

While all nuts were found to help with weight, half a serv­ing of wal­nuts a day was linked to a 15 per cent lower risk of obe­sity.

Pre­ven­ta­tive medicine re­searchers at a US hospi­tal an­a­lysed data on weight, diet and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity for nearly 300,000 peo­ple over more than two decades.

Par­tic­i­pants were asked every four years to state their weight and how of­ten they had eaten nuts in the past year.

Sub­sti­tut­ing junk food snacks with nuts was as­so­ci­ated with a lower risk of be­com­ing obese.

Au­thor Dr Deirdre To­bias, of Brigham and Women’s Hospi­tal in Bos­ton, said: “Snack­ing on a hand­ful of nuts rather than bis­cuits or crisps may help to ward off the weight gain that of­ten ac­com­pa­nies age­ing and is a rel­a­tively man­age­able way of help­ing to curb the on­set of obe­sity.”

She said us­ing nuts and seeds to re­place an­i­mal sources of pro­tein was also more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly.

Pic­ture: iS­tock

GO NUTS: Wal­nuts are good for weight con­trol.

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