5. Nuts Make a Great Snack for Weight Management
Eating nuts as a healthy snack, with their fat content and calorific value, might sound counterintuitive. Eating them as part of a weight loss diet, even more so. But what if we told you that studies have found that nuts can indeed, help us lose weight? We told you this one would surprise you!
Nuts might be calorific and energy dense, meaning that they’ll fill us up, but recent research has discovered that the body doesn’t necessarily absorb all of the calories from the fats in nuts. Instead, some of the fats remain trapped in the fibrous part of each nut, passing through the body without being digested. So while they provide energy in the form of calories, around 5-15% of this energy isn’t absorbed and therefore cannot contribute to weight gain.
Studies have also found that eating nuts, in one study, a handful of almonds, can actually help to reduce feelings of hunger, and therefore reduce our calorie intake. Consuming fewer calories when we’re on a weight loss diet will help us lose weight.
Nuts also form an important part of the Mediterranean diet, widely accepted to be one of the most healthful diets and one that tends to be associated with individuals of a healthy weight.