Increasing Consumption Of Nuts Is Associated With A Lower Risk Of Obesity

As we all know, dry fruits are a great source of plant-based protein which has essential and healthy fats. Due to the increasing consumption of fast foods over the last few decades, obesity is growing very quickly all across the globe. It has become a major health issue which leads to several others such as heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, etc. Awareness about obesity and its ill effects are growing. An observational study regarding the benefits of increasing consumption of nuts to restrict weight gain was published in the BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health journal.

Consumption of a handful of nuts instead of unhealthy food items such as French fries, chips, processed meat is much better and helps to limit weight gain. An average adult from the US ends up increasing 1 pound of weight every year because of excess eating of high-calorie unhealthy food and beverages. Nuts are a great source of fats, vitamins, fibers, and minerals but are somewhat high in calories that is why not considered as very good for controlling weight.

The research was conducted for more than a couple of decades to see whether increasing consumption helps in weight control. Researchers analyzed people segregated into three groups. One of the groups which had 50,000+ male health professionals were aged 40 to 75 when they enrolled in health professionals follow up study. More than 100,000 nurses aged 35 to 55 and almost the same number of nurses aged 24 to 44 when they enrolled in the Nurses Health Study. The researchers monitored these individuals for more than 20 years. Average annual weight gain amongst all the groups was about 0.3 kg. from 1986 to 2010, consumption of nuts increased from a quarter to half a serving for men in a day. In the case of females, it increased from 0.15 to 0.3 servings per day. Increasing consumption of any of the nuts was linked to lesser weight gain. This was an observational study hence cannot establish the cause of the results.