Less than two servings of almonds a day can prevent ‘overeating’ – new study
Researchers found that eating between 30 and 50 grams of the seeds can help people reduce their calorie intake
The study, which was published in the European Journal of Nutrition, found that people who ate almonds had 47 percent lower C-peptide responses (which can improve insulin sensitivity and reduce the risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease).
They also had higher levels of glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (18 percent higher), glucagon (39 percent higher), and pancreatic polypeptide responses (44 percent higher).
This is relevant to weight loss as glucagon sends satiety signals to the brain, while pancreatic polypeptide slows digestion which may reduce food intake, both encouraging weight loss.
Overall, the findings show that eating almonds produce small changes to people’s energy intake, something Doctor Carter says may have clinical effects in the long term.
Almonds are high in protein, fibre, and unsaturated fatty acids, which may contribute to their satiating properties and help explain why fewer kilojoules were consumed,” she said.
“Even small, positive lifestyle changes can have an impact over a longer period.