By Christina | March 11, 2008
A small study was recently conducted on the high protein, high fat snack (peanuts) and surprisingly the results showed that adding these to your daily diet did not result in weight gain. The test group was given a small peanut snack every day for a few weeks while not altering any other part of the population’s lifestyle and found that none gained weight.
The reason it seems that people did not gain weight was because the fiber, protein and healthy monounsaturated fats when combined are not fully absorbed by the body as chips or cookies would be. The body appears to convert the nutrients of the nuts and convert them into energy more than it could with saturated fats.
So, good ahead and enjoy a peanut snack just be sure not to overdo it. A one ounce serving (about 30 peanuts) is a healthy sized snack. Fortunately peanuts do not release dopamine like other snack foods do because that makes them addictive. Chips, sugary cereals, and burger meals are a few of the snacks that are addictive and therefore hard to stop after just a few.