Want to trick your mind into eating less? Have a handful of nuts every day, says a new study from the University of Barcelona. Not only are nuts an excellent source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, they also increase your levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood and appetite (it has also been called the “happy hormone.”)
During the study, the researchers compared subjects who ate one ounce of raw, unpeeled walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts a day for 12 weeks to another group that ate no nuts. All of the subjects were overweight in the midsection. Those who ate the nuts had higher levels of serotonin at the end of the study.
The trick, the researchers say, is keeping the serving small-about 30 grams, which fits into the palm of most people’s hands. And let’s not overlook how the nuts were prepared-they weren’t. No honey glaze, sea salt, oven-roasted, chocolate-covered offerings were used. But if the raw variety will keep the pounds away and keep our moods light, we’re willing to make this a daily habit. How about you?
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