No Weight Gain from Eating Almonds?

    New British Journal of Nutrition Study Shows Almonds May Provide Fewer
    Calories To The Body Than The Food Label States

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    MODESTO, CA, Aug. 30 /CNW/ - Scientists have noticed for many years that
people who regularly eat almonds tend to weigh less than people who do not -
even though they tend to eat more calories over the course of a day(1). But
    A new study from Purdue University and published in the British Journal
of Nutrition shows that women who ate 344 calories worth of almonds (slightly
more than 2 ounces) every day for one 10-week period did not gain weight
during that period. The researchers determined that the study participants
felt satisfied, so they naturally compensated for most of the calories in
almonds by replacing other, mostly carbohydrate-rich foods, in their normal
daily diet with the almonds.
    Additionally, the researchers found that the fibre in almonds appears to
block some of the fat they contain. So, in reality, almonds may provide fewer
calories to the body than the food label states.
    This study adds to the evidence that almonds are satiating and may play a
valuable role in weight management. Previous studies have shown that the
addition of nuts, and almonds specifically, to a daily diet does not cause
weight gain and increases satiety(1). Also, recent research is showing almonds
may help reduce spikes in blood sugar following a carbohydrate-based meal.
High blood sugar levels often lead to a feeling of hunger that prompts people
to eat more than they should(1,2).
    Despite almonds proven benefits in lowering LDL cholesterol levels and
providing essential nutrients such as vitamin E, magnesium and copper, health
care providers have been hesitant to recommend them as a daily snack because
almonds are a relatively high-calorie food. With the results of this new
study, the study's authors are hopeful that more doctors and nutritionists
will recommend a daily, 2-ounce serving of almonds.


    (1) Rajaram S and Sabate J. Nuts, body weight and insulin resistance.
        Br J Nutr. 2006 Nov; 96 Suppl 2:S79-86.

    (2) Jenkins et al. Almonds decrease postprandial glycemia, insulinemia,
        and oxidative damage in healthy individuals. J Nutr. 2006 Dec; 136

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