Can eating nuts help you lose weight?

If you are looking for the perfect snack idea, then try a handful of nuts (about 30g).  Nuts are very good for us and have also been associated with weight loss.

Nuts and weight loss

A study published in 2017 found that participants that were given 30g of walnuts a day lost significantly more weight than a control group, even after 12 months.   This most recent study adds to evidence from previous studies showing an inverse association between nut intake and weight gain.

A study in 2012 of 7,447 participants looking at BMI and waist size of people following the mediterranean diet, found that of all the items of the mediterranean diet index,

“High consumption of nuts and low consumption of sweetened/carbonated beverages presented the strongest inverse associations with abdominal obesity.”

Other good stuff about nuts

In addition,  nuts are associated with other health benefits such as reduced risk of heart disease. A large meta analysis published in 2017 found a reduced risk of all-cause mortality and regular nut consumption.

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