Peanuts may suppress hunger

September 26, 2000 in Healthy Eating, Weight Management

Peanuts may suppress hunger
According to a new study in this month\'s International Journal of Obesity snacking on peanuts and peanut butter is an effective way to control hunger without leading to weight gain. After a snack of peanuts or peanut butter, the study participants\' hunger was reduced for two and one half-hours. When they were fed typical portions of other snacks (such as rice cakes), hunger returned within one half hour. What�s more, there was a positive change in the fatty acid profile of the daily diet reflecting the composition of the peanut and peanut butter snack. Mono- and polyunsaturated fats increased and saturated fat decreased.

The researchers from the Department of Foods and Nutrition at Purdue University, who conducted the study says, \\"These findings are important because they challenge the belief that eating high-fat foods like peanuts and peanut butter lead to weight gain.\\" The research results also support previous long- and short-term studies indicating that regular consumption of peanuts does not necessarily promote weight gain and can, in fact, actually improve cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk profile.

When researchers at Penn State University (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition) tested diets that included 2-3 servings daily of peanuts or peanut butter, the heart disease risk reduction potential of the diet containing peanuts and peanut butter was estimated at 21 per cent compared to the average North American diet.

In addition to containing no cholesterol and being rich in monounsaturated fats, peanuts are an economical source of protein and supply many \\"often hard-to-get\\" vitamins and minerals including vitamin E, folic acid, copper, selenium, magnesium, and zinc in addition to phytochemicals and dietary fibre.

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