There is a lot said in the media right now about the health value of nuts and seeds. Eating them is thought to do everything from help you lose weight to protect you from cancer. Now, it is true that nuts and seeds have a high density of critical vitamins and minerals. And though they are very high in fat, it is mostly healthy unsaturated fat that can actually help lower your cholesterol and fight heart disease.
However, there can definitely be too much of a good thing when it comes to seeds and nuts, and that level is very easily reached and exceeded. The effects of overindulging are uncomfortable in the short terms and downright dangerous in the long term. Let’s take a look at what happens. Some of these negate the very reason you choose to eat nuts and seeds in the first place!
A lot of studies suggest that eating nuts and seeds can help you lose weight. And it can – but only in very limited amounts and in conjunction with an entire diet and exercise regime. Nuts especially are very high in fat, and even though most of that fat is unsaturated, it still represents a high calorie load. If you eat too many nuts, you will surely gain rather than lose pounds.
If you do plan to add nuts or seeds to your weight loss plan, it is important to compensate by reducing the number of calories you eat elsewhere. This is not one of those healthy snacks you can forget that you ate without messing up your diet.