Can eating nuts help in fighting against the risk of obesity?


There’s nothing more important than maintaining a good health and a proper diet especially in recent times when fast food chains are mushrooming in every nook and corner of the city and packaged foods sales are constantly on the rise. It is no news that including nuts in your diet yields nothing but benefits for your health. Pistachios help control blood sugar levels in diabetic patients, almonds and hazelnuts help raise the levels of good cholesterol and fight against bad cholesterol, peanuts and brazil nuts provide the much needed dietary fibres, the list goes on limitlessly. But along with these numerous health benefits, another important question that poses in front of us time and again is whether the food items we consume contribute to weight gain. With the amount of hue and cry over obesity, it becomes important to discuss how each component of your diet aids or contributes to weight gain.

Nuts, are high calories food items and contain a good amount of fats and carbohydrates, but surprisingly the consumption of nuts is known to be good for preventing the risk of weight gain and obesity. Some of these nuts like pistachios, brazil nuts, walnuts and almonds are specially prescribed by nutritionist to diabteic and heart patients to reduce inflammation and control weight gain. Most importantly nuts like pecans, almonds, pistachios, peanuts and brazil nuts are rich in dietary fibres. A decent serving of fibres helps fill your appetite and keep hunger at bay. This in turn helps in excessive eating as one feels full for a long time.

Studies reveal that eating a regular serving of any type of nut everyday, puts you at a lower risk of weight gain. Regular consumption of nuts also help in preventing the risk of heart diseases and control cholesterol levels. Nuts are also one of the food items that are allowed on all kinds of diet be it vegan or keto. Almonds and pistachios have proven to be great at aiding weight loss. Pistachios even helps in breaking down sugar and fats as a result they don’t just prevent weight gain but also help in weight loss. Hazelnuts, pine nuts, peanuts and walnuts also fight bad cholesterol and improve the rate of good cholesterol thus putting one at a lower risk of obesity. For people who are fat or obese nuts like walnut also help in burning fat.

Nuts, being as versatile as they are, can be consumed in raw form in itself as a snack item as well as can be incorporated as essential ingredients in our daily meals. Munch on nuts as snacks in between meals or as an accompaniment with evening tea or coffee. Nuts like almonds and walnuts can be soaked overnight and consumed in the morning with breakfast. You can purchase packaged foods like chocolate bars and biscuits that come loaded with sufficient amount of nuts in them. You can substitute your regular butter or cheese spread for a healthier peanut butter, or hazelnut spread and make your food rich in nutrition without compromising on taste. If you are on a weight watchers diet or wish to prevent weight gain and obesity, you must have a decent serving of almonds, walnuts, peanuts, hazelnuts, pecans and brazil nut daily. Bust the myth that nuts contain high calories and should be avoided to prevent weight gain and surprise your loved ones with your new diet and yield all its goodness. You are sure to set a trend and have people follow your diet.

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