Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, walnuts contain numerous health benefits, such as reducing the risk of obesity and diabetes. Now, new research shows that the wrinkly nuts might have another superpower: They can decrease your appetite.
The study, published in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, looked at patterns in participants' brain exams while viewing images of food. The New York Times reports that those who drank walnut smoothies earlier in the day were more likely to have activation in their insula, a section of the brain responsible for self-awareness and appetite control, when viewing pictures of high-fat foods, like cake.
So the next time you're worried about overeating at a party, snack on a handful of walnuts beforehand, as it might help curb your appetite.
Source: The New York Times