Eating walnuts to slim down
Our physical well-being is indispensable for our health, but also to feel better about ourselves. Moreover, as the summer season approaches, many are looking to get into shape, starting to diet and exercise.
Of course, an active lifestyle must be accompanied by a healthy diet, eating foods able to compensate for any nutritional deficiencies and satisfy our health needs.
To avoid bingeing at the table during main meals, the secret could be to tame your hunger with a nutritious protein snack, such as a handful of walnuts.
These are in fact an excellent source of protein, mineral salts and B group vitamins, in addition to having antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
About 6/8 walnuts is enough to cover the average daily need for omega 3, in addition to reducing cholesterol, improving blood vessel tone and protecting against neurodegenerative diseases.
Moreover, a recent study conducted by the Department of Nutritional Sciences of the University of Toronto demonstrated that a high intake of walnuts can contribute to reducing weight and body mass.
The study refuted the cliché that nuts are a cause of weight gain due to their high calorie content: to the contrary, the findings showed that eating walnuts is associated with a lower rate of overweight and obesity, in addition to a slimmer waistline.
The common concern that eating walnuts contributes to increased weight gain is therefore unfounded.
So, to avoid feeling famished by the time you get to the table, suffice it to eat a handful of walnuts, which, thanks to their properties, are also significantly beneficial to our health.
- Nishi SK, Viguiliouk E, Blanco Mejia S, Kendall CWC, Bazinet RP, Hanley AJ, Comelli EM, Salas Salvadó J, Jenkins DJA, Sievenpiper JL. Are fatty nuts a weighty concern? A systematic review and meta-analysis and dose-response meta-regression of prospective cohorts and randomized controlled trials. Obes Rev. 2021 Nov;22(11):e13330. doi: 10.1111/obr.13330. Epub 2021 Sep 8. PMID: 34494363.