Nuts to you
The motto of most diets today are "fat is bad" but not so fast.
New research shows that some fat is good and may even help you lose weight.
i.e. monounsaturated fats.
The best known source of monounsaturated fat is olive oil, but another
great source is nuts! In one study three groups that all had the same
cholesterol were compared. All three groups were given what is considered
a moderate-to high-fat diet. One group used olive oil, one almonds, and
a the third used dairy. Blood-cholesterol dropped in people on both the
monorich diets-11 percent for the almond group and 4 percent for the olive
group. The dairy groups cholesterol increased by 5 percent. One reason
for these results according to Paul A Davis, a researcher at the University
of California, nuts act like time-release pills, slowly parceling out
their fat in a more healthful fashion.
But what about those that are concerned more with weight, won't the high
fat content of nuts make them gain weight? In one study two groups of
women called "hard-core dieters" who have failed on many diets,
and weighed 200 pounds were divided into two groups. One group ate a high-mono
diet deriving 35 percent of their calories from fat. The second group
ate a standard low fat diet deriving 20 percent of theircalories from
fat. Both groups lost from 5 to 30 pounds before stabilizing. There was
no difference in the two groups.
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