I love nuts! Â I eat raw almonds and walnuts every morning onÂ my oatmeal. Â I have also been known to snack on then during the day as well. Â There is a ton ofÂ literatureÂ on the benefits of raw nuts with regards to weight loss and aÂ plethoraÂ of other health benefits.
I came across a study just this morning. Â The study was published in theÂ ACS’Â Journal of Proteome Research and was called, “Metabolomics Unveils Urinary Changes in Subjects with Metabolic Syndrome following 12-Week Nut Consumption“. Â Okay, now that was a mouthful (so to speak)!
Basically, they studied the biochemical effects of raw nut consumption on metabolic syndrome (obese, highÂ triglycerides, low HDL, high bloodÂ pressure and high blood sugar – if you have any 3 of these then you have metabolic syndrome)Â and Â 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. Â They found an increased level of serotonin with as little as one ounce of mixed raw nuts (almonds, walnuts andÂ hazelnuts) per day in the nut group. Â Serotonin helps people feel happier, it helps decrease feelings of hunger, and improves heart health. Â These all seem like really good things to me!
I know what your thinking. Â But won’t they make me fat? Â 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. Â 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. Â 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 – Â Benefits of Nut Consumption for People With Abdominal Obesity, High Blood Sugar, High Blood Pressure
Medicalxpress -Â Benefits of nut consumption for people with abdominal obesity, high blood sugar, high blood pressure