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If you’re on a diet, one look at the nutrition label on a bag of nuts will likely send you running in the other direction. On the surface, nuts can boost the calories and fat content of your daily food intake. But does that mean you should cut them out of your weight-loss plan altogether?
The good news is that you don’t have to eliminate nuts from your diet if you’re trying to drop pounds. Although nuts are high in fat, it’s the good type of fat, although it varies from one nut to another. You’ll get less fat in cashews or pistachios than macadamias, for instance. But the fats found in nuts are mostly of the monounsaturated and polyunsaturated variety, both of which fall under the “good fat” classification. When eaten instead of saturated fats, these types of fats can actually help lower cholesterol.
But all of this may not help reassure you when it comes to weight loss. That reassurance can come in the form of research that has shown that those who eat nuts on a regular basis gain less weight long-term than those who have a nut-free diet. One study even showed that among two groups of weight loss-geared dieters, those who ate nuts lost more body fat than the group that didn’t.