BODY: Walnuts Improve Health

Doctors have been subscribing nuts to patients’ diets for years as a key to better health, but many are reluctant to add them because of the higher calories. Now a new study shows the benefits of eating nuts, especially walnuts, outweighs the additional calories.

Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center, commissioned a study with the California Walnut Commission to prove his results. Katz and his team recruited 112 patients who were at a higher risk of developing diabetes. For six months, the group added walnuts to their diet and then spent another six months skipping the nuts. Only half of the group was counseled on whether they should adjust their diet to allow for the extra calories from nuts.

In the study, published in BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care, Dr. Katz found that every patient’s diet improved, regardless of any adjustment to the daily caloric intake. The trend isn’t a complete surprise since nuts are known to be satisfying and filling, so people are less likely to eat 350 more calories from nuts on top of their regular diet.

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