A handful of nuts a day can keep hunger at bay and beat belly fat, according to scientists.
is the first time a link between eating nuts and higher levels of
serotonin - a substance that decreases appetite, boosts happiness and
improves heart health - has been detected.
Researchers from the University of Barcelona say that it only took one ounce of raw and unpeeled walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts a day to produce the positive health effects.
It is hoped the findings, published in the Journal of Proteome Research, will benefit patients with metabolic syndrome (MetS) which is characterised by excess abdominal fat,
high blood sugar and high blood pressure.
Dietary changes along with the regular
consumption of nuts, which contain healthy fats and antioxidants, may help patients shed
excess weight, decreasing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
The team led by Cristina
Andris-Lacueva in collaboration with the Human Nutrition Unit
of the Rovira i Virgili University said: 'An increased excretion of
serotonin metabolites was associated for the first time with nut
Source - Daily Mail