Testing the Dietary Compensation Theory

Testing the Dietary Compensation Theory

September 26, 2019 14 By Ewald Bahringer


maybe the reason why 90% of the relevant studies show no weight gain from nut consumption is that nuts are so satisfying so satiating so appetite suppressing that throughout the rest of the day totally unconsciously we just eat less so if researchers had a handful of nuts to our daily diet totaling 200 calories and they were just so filling that it displaced 200 calories of something else we would have normally eaten then that could explain how you know one can remain in energy balance even though they just add to calorically dense food like nuts to one’s daily diet and hey if you felt so satisfied you’d unintentionally ended up eating 250 calories less each day then that could explain why in a few of the nuts studies people actually lost weight recently they tested walnuts it has been proposed mainly on the basis of observational studies that nuts may provide superior satiation may lead to reduced calorie consumption but evidence from randomized interventional studies is lacking until now they double blinded the study by disguising the walnuts in a smoothie the walnut containing liquid meal contained walnuts frozen mango frozen strawberries banana frozen berries and pineapple juice sounds good whereas the placebo liquid meal contained oil mango strawberries banana berries and juice and 40 drops of walnut flavoring in fact they made it so you literally couldn’t tell the difference in blind taste tests and they were made with the exact same number of calories so if there was nothing special about nuts then you should feel just associated either way but no after a few days on the placebo the walnut flavored smoothie people just felt something was missing missing everyone drank their smoothies at breakfast and then right before lunch this folks that didn’t get the real nuts felt significantly less full less satiated even after the no chewing and full fat absorption so you can see how if you had nuts for breakfast you may very well unintentionally eat a smaller lunch than you otherwise would so in this way nuts could actually decrease daily caloric consumption