Are you nutty about nuts? Maybe you should be…

Have you heard people say they don't eat nuts because they're concerned they could lead to weight gain?

Well guess what? Making nuts a part of your regular diet can be a great way to help you maintain a healthy body weight.



Common tree nuts like almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts all have a wide variety of nutritional benefits, they're not only important for people with type 2 diabetes, but anyone who is serious about reducing their risk of developing the condition.


Large studies have found adding nuts to your diet does not increase your body weight, your body mass index or your waist circumference. In fact the protein and fibre in nuts may help satisfy your hunger and reduce your appetite which means you will eat less kilojoules across the day.


Diabetes Queensland dietitian Alison Bennett said the Australian Dietary Guidelines recommended serve of nuts is approximately 30g (one third of a cup) or a handful of nuts. That's about 10 or 15 almonds.


You might also be surprised to know that raw, dry roasted and oil roasted nuts all have virtually the same amount of fats, including saturated fats.


So when hunger strikes and you need to satisfy your hunger, Alison suggests swapping a biscuit for a handful of nuts.