Your health is huge! Of course you’ve got questions. And we’ve got love-your-body answers. Let’s start with diet. Following, we’ll take a look at some interesting common nutrition uncertainties, with answers that’ll help set your mind straight and your waistline even straighter.
Will nuts make me fat?
In moderation, nuts are an excellent addition to your diet. They are high in protein and fiber, and make for a crunchy, satisfying snack. But what about all their fat, you ask? While nuts do contain a significant amount, most of this fat is of a beneficial variety to your body in the form of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.
“In fact, some studies show that people who eat a handful of nuts daily weigh less than those who don’t eat nuts,” says LifeVest health coach Bridget Wright, MPH. “This is because nuts have a high satiety content, meaning they make you feel full and satisfied.”
Just don’t go too nuts. Since they are calorie-dense, Wright recommends sticking to no more than a handful or so per day. She notes that the best choices are raw almonds and walnuts, or toasted pistachios, all of which are superior to most crackers, pretzels, and other — fat-free or no t— empty-calorie, crunchy snacks.