Dry fruits and nuts are packed with healthy and essential nutrients. Consuming them is also a great way to prevent cardiovascular problems as dry fruits and nuts especially help in reducing the risk of coronary heart problems. According to a recent Australian study, the intake of almonds in specific can help in cutting down and burning calories.
The research was lead by the researchers of the University of South Australia. It suggests that a handful of almonds can help in keeping a few additional kilograms of weight at bay. The researchers reveal that a snack containing just 30 to 50 grams of almonds can help in encouraging weight loss and weight management.
The study was published in the European Journal of Nutrition. It also reveals that people who eat almonds instead of an energy-equivalent carbohydrate snack, their energy consumption by 300 kilojoules at the next meal. The majority of this sum comes from fast and junk food.
Talking along the lines Dr Sharayah Carter from UniSA's Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA) shares that the research helps in providing insights into weight management.
"The rates of overweight and obesity are one of the major public health concerns and modulating appetite through better hormonal response may cater to help the most when it comes to promoting weight management. Our research examined the hormones that help in regulating human appetite, and how nuts - specifically almonds - might contribute to appetite control. Upon analysis we found that people who ate almonds experienced changes in their appetite-regulating hormones and also that these may have contributed to reduced food intake as much as by 300kJ."
According to the study, consumption of almonds is associated with lower levels of C-peptide responses, and higher levels of glucose. It also finds that it can also produce small changes in energy level of people.