“Yes, nuts are packed with calories, but they are also packed with nutrition. And they fill you up, thereby ‘crowding out’ room in your belly for high-calorie, nutrient-poor foods. A body of research shows that eating nuts in moderation actually helps you lose weight…They also appear to boost our metabolism, meaning when we eat nuts we burn more of our own fat to compensate.”
Though technically a legume rather than a nut, from a dietary standpoint peanuts fall into this same group: they’re nutrient-dense and filling.
Although it’s possible to have too much of a good thing (and really, any healthy food eventually has upper limits), a PB&J sandwich, almonds with your green beans, or walnuts in your salad each each day is not only eco-friendly but waistline-friendly.