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Ah, Nuts!



A recent weight loss trial performed on 65 overweight adults replaced half the participants’ complex carbohydrate foods (starch) with an equal-calorie amount of nuts. The result? The nut group lost a greater fat mass (30% vs. 20%) and more pounds around the waist (14% vs. 9%). Further studies have shown that adding nuts to a healthy diet does not result in weight gain. Researchers asked people to add 2 ounces of nuts (approx. 360 calories) to their daily diet. After 10 weeks, the subjects did not gain weight or increase their body fat. Also, participants did not increase their total calorie intake, suggesting that the nuts naturally replaced other foods in the diet.

Raw nuts (no added oils) and Soy nuts are an even better choice for weight loss (higher in protein and fiber, and lower in fat and calories), but any kind of nut is superior to crackers, pretzels, etc. (refined carbohydrates).

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