Nutrition & Dieting/nuts


Are raw unsalted nuts good for weight loss?

Are beans a starch or protein, and are they
good for weight loss?

Thanks for your help.

Hello Jennifer,

Nuts can help someone on a weight-loss regimen because they are high in fat and therefore help you stay full longer.
Regardless of whether they are raw or salted, they still provide high-fat and protein in a small snack. The key here is "small snack"! Just a small handful should do the trick.
If a dieter sits and snacks on nuts, the calories will add up fast and weight loss will not result.

Beans are a high-protein food, especially when combined with rice or another starch.
They can help with weight loss when eaten in the right amounts, because the fiber can promote a feeling of fullness. They also contain carbohydrate and this is a desirable source of energy for the body.

So there isn't anything magical about beans or nuts that promotes weight loss: They can just be incorporated into a healthy eating plan, just like fruits, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat dairy.  

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Laurie Beebe, MS, RD, LD


As a registered dietitian (RD)I am fully qualified to accurately answer questions regarding weight loss, including those from people with health conditions requiring dietary restrictions (diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc) who want to lose weight, or who have been advised to do so by their physician.


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