Your heart thanks you in advance. In case you still haven’t gotten the message: Nuts are the balls, says a new report in the journal PLoS ONE. ...
In case you still haven’t gotten the message: Nuts are the balls, says a new report in the journal PLoS ONE. (We’re paraphrasing, of course.)
In a study of 7,200 people, Spanish scientists found that those who ate 3 or more servings of nuts a week were nearly 40 percent less likely to be obese than those who ate 1 or fewer nut servings. And among the nuttiest dieters, diabetes rates were also 13 percent lower compared to those who munched the least.
Nuts deliver healthy fats and energy, which reduce hunger cravings and assist in weight loss, says study coauthor Jordi Salas-Salvadó, M.D., Ph.D. What’s more, Dr. Salas-Salvadó says the specific antioxidants and phytochemical compounds in nuts also help control fasting blood sugar levels and lower LDL cholesterol.
Your prescription: Eat 6 ounces of nuts each week to see the benefits, Dr. Salas-Salvadó advises. One ounce is roughly 20 almonds or pecan halves, but you can just use the nutrition facts label to determine the proper portion for your nut of choice. While the Spanish study didn’t focus on individual types of nuts, Dr. Salas-Salvadó says that all raw, unsalted nuts seem to be roughly equal when it comes to your health.
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