Heart Beat: Say "nuts" to chips

Heart Beat

Say "nuts" to chips

Published: May, 2009

The next time you are looking for a snack, reach for some nuts, not chips — and try to chew them thoroughly.

Purdue University researchers asked volunteers to eat a large handful of almonds (two ounces) a few at a time. The volunteers felt more full, and lasted longer before becoming hungry, when they chewed each mouthful 40 times rather than 25 or 10 times (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, March 2009). Chewing apparently releases healthy fats and other nutrients that would otherwise sail untouched through the digestive tract. This is one of a long line of studies showing that nuts can play a role in good health.

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