Walnuts and Weight Loss ~ Weight Loss Tips

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Walnuts have a number of very useful properties:
  • Lower cholesterol;
  • Antioxidant phenolic compounds like gallic and ellagic acid, as well as recently identified powerful tannins and other polyphenols that combat free radical damage.
  • Are a source of vitamins B and E;
  • Normalize the level of endothelin - substance which has vasodilating properties, respectively prevents inflammation of the arteries. But if its level is higher than normal, it starts to bring significant harm to the contrary, sharply narrowing the blood vessels, which can lead to stroke;
  • Contain omega-3 fatty acids - a distinctive feature is the walnut, which thus help to restore the body's cells.   

Calories in Walnuts

 Walnuts and Weight Management

First of all, the fat in walnuts is the healthy natural versions of omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids that our bodies need to operate effectively. There are also high levels of anti-inflammatory omega-3 alpha linolenic acid. Not the type of fat you want to be avoiding for weight loss.

Secondly, with their protein (around 4 grams per ounce) and dietary fiber (approximately 2 grams to the ounce), eating a handful of walnuts is a great way to satisfy your hunger.

These nuts are known to really increase satiety – that feeling of satisfied fullness – that quickly stops the carbohydrate cravings that have many of us reaching for junk food snacks.

A study in the International Journal of Obesity found that consuming supposedly high fat, but healthy foods, like walnuts, improved weight reduction significantly. So much for avoiding fat and starving yourself.

Chronic inflammation has also been identified as another factor in obesity. The broad range of anti-inflammatory phytonutrients and high levels of omega-3 fatty acids in walnuts reduce inflammation and as such are also likely to contribute to their weight-loss potential.
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