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Body Weight & Nuts

Body Weight & Nuts Study Introduction
Eating lots of nuts is associated with lower rates of coronary artery disease (CAD). However, nuts are fatty foods and regular consumption may lead to body weight gain. Because obesity is a major public health problem and a risk factor for CAD, clinicians and policy makers ponder several questions. Will hypercholesterolemic patients advised to consume nuts gain weight? Is recommending increased nut consumption to the general population for CAD prevention sound public health advice?

Body Weight & Nuts Study Results
Epidemiologic studies indicate an inverse association between frequency of nut consumption and body mass index. In well-controlled nut-feeding trials, no changes in body weight were observed. Some studies on free-living subjects in which no constraints on body weight are imposed show a nonsignificant tendency to lower weight while subjects are on the nut diets. In another line of evidence, preliminary data indicate that subjects on nut-rich diets excrete more fat in stools.

Body Weight & Nuts Study Conclusion
Further research is needed to study the effects of nut consumption on energy balance and body weight. In the meantime, the available cumulative data do not indicate that free-living people on self-selected diets including nuts frequently have a higher body mass index or a tendency to gain weight.

Source: Joan Sabaté, From the Departments of Nutrition and Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA.

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