Nuts and healthy body weight maintenance mechanisms

Source: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition

The health benefits of nuts have been well established by the medical community. Nuts are rich in fiber, protein, and phytochemicals and contribute to overall cardiovascular health. The hesitancy of many individuals, however, to incorporate them more readily into their diet is largely due to their fat content.

Researchers at Purdue University, however, have recently concluded that nut consumption is not associated with higher body weight. On the contrary, nuts are an incredibly energy dense food and when eaten in moderation actually make it easier to maintain a consistent weight management program. The fat content of nuts therefore should not be a prohibitive factor in the decision to incorporate them more readily into one's diet, particularly when they provide such obvious health benefits.