Nuts Are Not Fattening

Dietitian Melanie Thomassian at her Dietriffic blog April 27, 2010, notes that nuts are not fattening, contrary to popular belief.  This is in a guest post by Matthew Denos.  Most of his references refer to almonds, so I’m not sure other nuts would be equally non-fattening. 

We’re talking about one or two ounces (up to 60 grams) a day.  Could someone gain fat weight eating more than that?  Probably, especially if they have a high-carbohydrate eating pattern.  Do I have scientific studies to back me up?  No. 

Nuts are characteristic of the traditional Mediterranean diet, which is one reason I included them in the Ketogenic Mediterranean Diet.  The other reason is that nut consumption is associated with lower heart disease risk.

Steve Parker, M.D.

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