I love nuts! I eat raw almonds and walnuts every morning on my oatmeal. I have also been known to snack on then during the day as well. There is a ton of literature on the benefits of raw nuts with regards to weight loss and a plethora of other health benefits.
I came across a study just this morning. The study was published in the ACS’ Journal of Proteome Research and was called, “Metabolomics Unveils Urinary Changes in Subjects with Metabolic Syndrome following 12-Week Nut Consumption“. Okay, now that was a mouthful (so to speak)!
Basically, they studied the biochemical effects of raw nut consumption on metabolic syndrome (obese, high triglycerides, low HDL, high blood pressure and high blood sugar – if you have any 3 of these then you have metabolic syndrome) and and health. They put 22 people diagnosed with metabolic syndrome on a nut-enriched diet for 12 weeks and compared them to another group of 20 people who avoided nuts. They found an increased level of serotonin with as little as one ounce of mixed raw nuts (almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts) per day in the nut group. Serotonin helps people feel happier, it helps decrease feelings of hunger, and improves heart health. These all seem like really good things to me!
I know what your thinking. But won’t they make me fat? Well, if you continue to eat the things that make you fat AND you eat nuts on top of that, then of course your gonna gain weight. But if you are eating properly, then nuts really are not a problem and in fact can probably help you with your weigh loss goals.
So eat your raw nuts and be happy and healthy!
If you need a year-end assessment of your diet, let me know. I would be happy to help you have an awesome and healthy 2012!
Here are a couple articles on the study if you would like to read more:
Science Daily – Benefits of Nut Consumption for People With Abdominal Obesity, High Blood Sugar, High Blood Pressure
Medicalxpress – Benefits of nut consumption for people with abdominal obesity, high blood sugar, high blood pressure