There are a slew of studies supporting the benefits of nuts in the diet, but since nuts are also high in calories, it can sometimes end up on the skip list of people trying to lose weight. Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center, and his colleagues wanted to find out whether the benefits of nuts outweighed their additional calories, so they developed a study to find out. It was funded by the California Walnut Commission; Katz says the funders provided the financial support and did not influence the findings.
In his new paper published in BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care, he and his team describe the study, in which they recruited people who were at high risk of developing diabetes (they were overweight, or had blood sugar levels that indicated prediabetes, or elevated blood pressure, among other factors). All of the 112 participants spent six months adding walnuts to their diet then another six months taking walnuts out of their diet—but just half were randomly assigned to get advice about whether or not they should be calorie-counting to adjust for the extra calories that come from nuts.
Original Article : Simply Eating Walnuts May Improve Your Diet Overall
By: ALICE PARK