Snacking on Nuts Better for Weight Control than Chips Interview with:
Deirdre K Tobias, ScD
Associate Epidemiologist, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School What is the background for this study? What types of nuts are helpful? Peanuts included? 

Response: We did not have the granularity in our study to evaluate too many individual nut types, and did not perform head-to-head comparisons between types of nuts. All seemed to be better for long-term weight control compared with the snacks like potato chips that we know are not great for us on a regular basis. What should readers take away from your report?

Response: Nuts, despite being “high fat” foods, can be included in an overall healthful diet for maintaining a healthful body weight long-term. What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this work? 

Response: Better research is needed on implementation of dietary recommendations, and improving the overall quality of the diet on the population level. Evidence for many healthful dietary patterns and foods is accumulating, but public health is still faced with the challenge of getting people to adopt dietary recommendations. 

Any disclosures? XL was partly funded by The Peanut Institution and YL was partly funded by the California Walnut Commission. The funders have no roles in study design, data collection and interpretation and decision on manuscript publication.


Changes in nut consumption influence long term weight change in US men and women, BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & HealthDOI: 10.1136/bmjnph-2019-000034



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Last Updated on September 24, 2019 by Marie Benz MD FAAD