A New Study Shows This Kind of Nut Can Help With Weight Loss – Delish.com

Aug 26th, 2017

If you're trying to lose weight, walnuts may be an effective food to help you control your appetite.

A study published in Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism this month concluded that eating walnuts can help curb your appetite when you see "highly desirable" foods.

Researchers conducted a study where two groups were given either a smoothie containing roughly 14 walnut halves or a placebo smoothie with the same taste and calorie content. The participants were all adults whose BMI is classified as obese.

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After drinking the smoothies for five days, everyone participated in neurocognitive testing while looking at pictures of high-fat foods like cake and onion rings, low-fat foods like fruits and vegetables, and non-food images like flowers.

Participants returned to their normal diet for a month, then came back and repeated the five-day process and MRI testing with the opposite smoothie. Researchers found that when consuming the walnut-rich smoothie, participants were less hungry, and their right insula was more activated that's the part of the brain that's involved in appetite and impulse control.

The same researchers had previously found eating walnuts increases satiety and fullness, and especially recommend eating walnuts to people who are obese or have Type 2 diabetes. If you want to add more walnuts to your diet, try adding it to smoothies, oatmeal, or salads.

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h/t NYTimes

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