Finally, there’s a solution to the mystery of why nuts don’t seem to make people gain weight. It appears to be a combination of factors—including a boost to our metabolism, which results in us burning more of our own fat stores.
This is the fifth of a seven-part video series on this fascinating phenomenon; in other words, why don’t nuts make us fat? I review the balance of evidence in Nuts and Obesity: The Weight of Evidence, and introduced two theories in Solving the Mystery of the Missing Calories—both of which were not well supported by a study on peanut butter I detailed in Testing the Pistachio Principle. In Testing the Dietary Compensation Theory, I described an elegant study using walnut smoothies, which explained the appetite suppression piece. So, if the mystery is now solved, what are the final two videos about? Well, here we learned that nuts may boost fat burning in the body—but how? Maybe it’s the arginine, as I explore in Fat Burning Via Arginine. Or, maybe it’s the flavonoids; see Fat Burning Via Flavonoids.