Calorie counts notwithstanding, research keeps showing that nuts can help in the battle of the bulge. One example was a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2018 in Chicago. In that experiment, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health found that eating a daily 1-ounce serving of any type of nut—including peanuts and nut butters—in place of calories from low-nutrition foods was associated with a lower risk of long-term weight gain and obesity in more than 125,000 adult men and women.
Read that carefully, and it’s clear that adding a handfuls of nuts to your diet is not enough to trim the waistline. You also need to subtract calories from other sources, preferably those from less-healthy eats, such as candy, processed meats and greasy chips.