Know How Walnuts are Good for Your Appetite?


Today is the age where people are more concern about their health as they know about many diseases which generally affect the unhealthy persons. People always want to stay healthy and slim. So they eat less food and control their diet but there are lots of people who want to stay fit but can not control the crave for the food. For those people there is a new research has been done that eating walnuts can feel you more fuller. There are many dry fruits present in the world and people have them because people know that they give strength to their body but this new research about walnuts giving new hope to people who want to stay fit because they can munch that and feel fuller for a longer period of time.

According to research eating walnuts affect the brain activities which reduces the hunger. Walnut, the single-seeded stone fruit, is rich in omega-3 fats, protein, antioxidants, plant sterols, magnesium, copper, Vitamins A, D, etc. Consumption of walnuts suppresses your hunger. It makes you feel fuller for a longer duration, thereby helping you in your weight loss trail. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) was used by researchers for observing how consuming walnuts changes activity in the brain.

The scientists selected a small group of people who lived in BIDMC’s clinical Research centre(CRC) for two five day sessions. In one session a small group of people consumed daily smoothies containing 48 grams of walnuts. In the other session they consumed a smoothie without walnut but nutritionally comparable smoothie, flavoured to taste exactly the same as the walnut containing smoothie.

Functional MRI tests gave the reason why that happened on the fifth day of experiment. When the participants were in the machine they have shown images of desirable foods like hamburgers and desserts, neutral objects like flowers and rocks and less desirable foods like vegetables and this is the outcome of the experiment that when participants were shown pictures of highly desirable food,FMRI imaging revealed increased activity in a part of the brain called the right insula after participants had consumed the five day walnuts rich diet compared to when they had not consumed.

Christos Mantzoros, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School said “This is a powerful measure.”

“When participants eat walnuts, this part of their brain lights up, and we know that’s connected with what they are telling us about feeling less hungry or more full,” Mantzoros said.

“We don’t often think about how what we eat impacts the activity in our brain,” said the study’s first author Olivia Farr from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre (BIDMC) in Boston in the US. We know people report feeling fuller after eating walnuts, but it was pretty surprising to see evidence of activity changing in the brain related to food cues, and by extension what people were eating and how hungry they feel,” Farr said.

This study has given new light to the people who do not want to eat much but their crave of hunger not allowed them to do so. Now they will have walnuts and will feel fuller for a longer period of time. Which helps them to stay healthy.


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