Pistachios: The Best Snack For Weight Loss
What should I be snacking on: fruit or nuts?
If you think a handful of nuts are only useful as a pub-friendly amuse-bouche (or as the source of a rudimentary chortle), then you may be a little misinformed.
That's according to a study published in the journal Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, which details that walnuts in particular contain an appetite-suppressing ingredient, helping you feel satiated for longer — a key factor when it comes to weightloss. Which, you'll agree, makes nuts the ideal post-gym scran and the ultimate snack.
So, are nuts now the life-saving snack du jour? Or are they overshadowed by your fruity five-a-day? MH weighed up the two to see what you should be munching. Chew on this.
Packed into whole fruit, fibre slows the release of sugar into your bloodstream, avoiding the spikes that are associated with an increased risk of diabetes(Jo Travers, TheLondonNutritionist.co.uk)
Poly- and monounsaturated fats award nuts their position in the Mediterranean diet. These reduce levels of bad cholesterol to protect against heart disease and strokes.
(Related: Nuts cut prostate cancer by a third)
Ups & Downs
+ Boosts your porridge
- Quick to perish
+ Wide variety
- Stains clothes
(Related: Fruits you should eat every day)
+ Protein Source
- Can be pricey
+ Great on toast
- Often salted
There's 21g of sugar in a glass of orange juice. Fibre in whole fruit is removed by juicing, intensifying the blood-sugar spikes that lead to insulin resistance or weight gain.
But, there's 580kcal in a 100g bag of almonds. That’s double the calories of a McDonald’s cheeseburger with roughly four times the fat. You can have too much of a good thing.
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A grapefruit can combat cancer, reduce heart disease risk and slow skin ageing.
Pistachios have the power to support digestion, reduce bad LDL cholesterol and improve circulation.
(Related: Immune system-boosting superfoods)
Fructose, the sugar in fruit, doesn’t raise levels of appetite-suppressing hormones, making second helpings hard to resist.
The act of unshelling disrupts mindless snacking, reducing calorie intake by 59%. Shun salty bar snacks for raw varieties.
(Related: Protein-packed office muscle snacks)
The MH verdict: Nuts win!
While the spectre of sugar has been overplayed with regard to whole fruit, they’re no match for nuts’ healthy fats. Curbing cravings, supporting muscle growth and protecting your heart, they’re the most rewarding snack to squirrel away in your desk drawer.
Video: Healthy Snacking for Weight Gain
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