Many people avoid nuts because of their high calorie and fat content. However, studies reveal that there is no evidence that nut consumption is correlated to weight gain. In fact, nuts may aid in weight loss. Nuts have been found to suppress the appetite, but did you know that they also appear to boost our metabolism? Research shows that when we eat nuts we burn more of our own fat to compensate. In fact, a study looked at two sets of people who ate the same amount of calories and the same amount of fat each day. The control group burned about 20 grams of fat overnight as they slept, while the walnut eating group burned 31 grams of fat.
Further, scientists believe that 70% of the calories of nuts are lost when digested by the body, 10% are excreted and 20% may disappear due to increased fat burn. This proves why people who consume at least two handfuls of nuts a day do not gain weight even over a long period of time.
The latest research on nuts just proves once again that counting nutrients is far more important than counting calories! In addition, two handfuls of nuts a day are found to cut the risk of dying from heart disease in half! Go nuts!
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