A new study from Loma Linda University School of Public Health has found that people who include nuts in their diet are more likely to reduce weight gain and lower the risk of overweight and obesity.
The findings came to light after researchers evaluated diet and lifestyle data from more than 373,000 individuals across 10 European countries between the ages of 25 and 70.
Many people assume that nuts -- a calorie-dense, high-fat food -- are not a good choice for individuals who want to lose weight. The findings, however, contradict that assumption.
The five-year study found that participants gained a mean average of 2.1 kilograms (4.6 pounds) during the five-year period of the study. However, participants who ate the most nuts not only had less weight gain than their nut-abstaining peers, but also enjoyed a 5 percent lower risk of becoming overweight or obese.
Previous studies have found that nuts are positively associated with a variety of health benefits, including healthy aging and memory function in seniors.
Peanuts, which are technically not a tree nut, were included in the study along with almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios and walnuts, which are classified as tree nuts.
The team analyzed information on the dietary practices and body mass indexes of 373,293 participants.
The researchers recommend that people eat nuts more often – they offer heart-healthy fats, protein, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals.
Source: 7th International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition, February 25 - 28, 2018.
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