(Natural News) In this study, researchers at Iran University of Medical Sciences summarized the findings of prospective studies on the relationship between long-term nut consumption and obesity. This review article was published in the journal Nutrition Research.
- Nuts contain a variety of nutrients and bioactive compounds that promote metabolic health.
- However, their high energy density makes them possible contributors to weight gain.
- To determine if this is indeed the case, the researchers searched online databases for prospective cohort studies investigating the relationship between consumption of total nut and/or nut subtypes and changes in weight, body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference (WC), as well as risk of overweight/obesity.
- They found six papers that had a follow-up duration of at least one year, four of which showed an inverse association between nut consumption (at least one to two servings per week) and weight gain and overweight/obesity risk.
- Of the remaining two studies, which evaluated the association between nut intake and changes in WC, only one reported a significant inverse association.
Based on these findings, the researchers concluded that higher nut consumption helps reduce weight gain and the risk of obesity.
Eslami O, Shidfar F, Dehnad A. INVERSE ASSOCIATION OF LONG-TERM NUT CONSUMPTION WITH WEIGHT GAIN AND RISK OF OVERWEIGHT/OBESITY: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW. Nutrition Research. August 2019;68:1–8. DOI: 10.1016/j.nutres.2019.04.001