Common myths about nuts

Common myths about nuts

Myth 1: People on weight reducing diets should not consume nuts.

Extensive studies have shown that they do not cause weight gain as long as the calories are controlled. In fact eating a handful of nuts will help to curb appetite and serve as healthy snacks. They can actually help to reduce or maintain weight.

Myth 2:
Nuts contain large amount of fats hence are not good for health.
Yes it is true that nuts contain a substantial amount of fats. But these are good fats in the form of mono unsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids which actually help to lower cholesterol.

Myth3: Nuts are heat producing and should be eaten in winter.
Yes they can serve as winter snacks as the body requires to maintain some fat in the body to withstand cold temperatures. But there is nothing as heat producing. If the body is dehydrated, then definitely You feel the “heat” symptoms. In fact almond is a very refreshing drink if served cold during summer and warm during winter rather than cocoa which are high in calories.

Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India.She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore.Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

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