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14 October, 2019 Health News

Nut Consumption May Help Prevent Weight Gain

Nut Consumption May Help Prevent Weight Gain


A recent study, published in the journal BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health, observed that increased consumption of nuts is associated with less long-term weight gain, despite being calorically dense.


The study used data from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study, Nurses’ Health Study, and Nurses’ Health Study II from a total of 27,521 men and 61,680 women. The study found that increasing nut consumption by a 0.5 serving/day is significantly associated with less weight gain per 4-year interval: -0.19 kg for all nuts, -0.37 kg for walnuts, -0.36 kg for other tree nuts, and -0.15 kg for peanuts.
 
The study concluded that incorporating nuts as part of a healthy dietary pattern by replacing less healthful foods may help mitigate the gradual weight gain common during adulthood, and beneficially contribute to the prevention of obesity.
 
Liu X, Li Y, Guasch-Ferré M, et al. Changes in nut consumption influence long-term weight change in US men and women. BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health 2019;bmjnph-2019-000034. doi: 10.1136/bmjnph-2019-000034
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