You’ve heard it dozens of times – nuts are good for you, but don’t eat too many because they are full of fat and calories. However, research indicates that the reality is somewhat more complex – and that’s good news for nut-lovers who are watching their weight.
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition revealed that while a handful (about 22 kernels) of almonds contains 170 calories, only 129 calories are actually absorbed by the body. The rest are passed, because the protein and fat in them are relatively hard to digest.
Even better news – after one daily handful of almonds, three percent of the calories you consume for the next 24 hours are rendered indigestible. That means if you eat 2,000 calories in a day, the almonds you ate in the morning will remove about 60 calories from that total.
The effect probably applies to other kinds of nuts, although only almonds have been rigorously studied. So enjoy your nuts – their monounsaturated fat content appears to lower cardiovascular risk. And of course, they’re delicious!
If you want extra help with weight loss then starting with hormone balance works for many menopausal women to deal with the excess oestrogen that is deposited on the abdomen, hips and thighs as the body moves its oestrogen production into the fat cells and away from the declining ovaries.
And of course a sensible eating plan, regular exercise and stress reduction all play their part too.