Modesto, CA — Consumers who eat 1.5 ounces of dry-roasted, lightly salted almonds everyday experienced reduced hunger with an increase intake of vitamin E and monounsaturated fat without gains to body weight, according to a study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Despite consuming an additional 250 calories per day from almonds, participants had no increase in the total number of calories they consumed during a day and no weight gain during the four-week study.
Richard Mattes PhD, MPH, RD, professor of nutrition science at Purdue University, says: “In this study, participants compensated for the additional calories provided by almonds so daily energy intake did not rise and reported reduced hunger levels and desire to eat subsequent meals, particularly when almonds were consumed as a snack.”
Further, almonds have also been shown to increase satiety in both normal and overweight subjects, which is attributed to the nuts have 13 grams of monounsaturated fat per ounce, six grams of protein per ounce and four grams of fiber in an ounce serving.
Study participants were not given any other dietary instructions other than to follow their usual eating patterns and physical activity, and compliance to almond consumption was monitored through self-reported assessments and fasting vitamin E plasma levels, the study found.