Here’s some great news for everyone interested in healthy snacking especially this season: the latest research published recently in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that noshing on 1.5 ounces of almonds daily curbs appetite without increasing calorie intake or body weight. Say what?
A vast percentage of people’s eating is from snacking. So this is one crunchy nugget to keep in your eating artillery that not only helps your appetite but also helps your weight and tastes awesome! According to Statistics Canada,Canadian consumers appear to like snack foods and, in fact, eat them almost every day. For some time-pressed consumers who lead hectic lives and eat on the run, some snack foods have become an occasional convenient meal replacement or supplement. This can be a slippery slope if you don’t have your wits about you. We certainly need to snack smart and choose foods like almonds that pose little risk for weight gain while providing nutrition and a satisfying crunch.
The study participants were instructed to eat 1.5 ounces of whole almonds daily, and despite those additional 250 calories, neither calorie intake nor body weight increased among participants due to spontaneous energy compensation. Other key points from the almond research includes:
· Groups eating almonds had lower blood sugar responses 60 minutes after eating almonds, with this glucose-lowering effect most prominent in the snacking groups.
· When eaten as a snack, almonds significantly reduced hunger and desire to eat compared to the control group.
· Monounsaturated and vitamin E intake levels significantly increased.
The study supports almonds as a smart snack choice. Not only does each ounce of almonds pack 6 grams of hunger-fighting protein and 4 grams of filling dietary fibre punch, almonds are a versatile nut that pleases your palate. Keep a handy pack of these in your purse, stashed in your drawer at work and as a staple in your kitchen to help you out of the next hunger bind you find yourself in.
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