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What if eating walnuts changed your brain? This includes your brain chemistry and reactions. Recently, this was studied and the results are quite interesting.
Walnuts and the Brain: What Researchers Are Finding
A new study was released that shows that walnuts may influence an area of the brain called Insula. The Insula is responsible for impulse control along with many other emotional reactions and feelings such as perception, motor control, self-awareness, cognitive functioning and interpersonal experiences. Changes to this part of the brain could lead to changes in the how angry, afraid, disgusted, happy, or sad someone is in certain situations. The researchers speculate that walnuts, and possibly other foods, may help people who have a difficult time with willpower when dieting.
If walnuts slow down the reaction of Insula, then it might be easier for people to think through their food choices. Instead of running to the candy machine and just grabbing chocolate, someone may take a minute to search for the healthiest choice and choose that for a snack. This could then lead to weight loss.
Other Research on Walnuts
Other research has been released that suggests walnuts increases satiation and decreases hunger. It’s hard to say if that’s because of brain changes. This may simply be due to the nutrients in the nuts that satisfies the body’s nutritional needs. Of course, being satisfied means that someone wouldn’t be so ravenous when looking to eat something. That only comes form being overly hungry.
Researchers are still trying to come up with the best information on walnuts and what they can do for our body. What we know is that these nuts are the best ones to have as a snack. They are delicious and zap out hunger. Not only that, with so many varieties, you don’t have to worry about getting bored of the same old nut.
We love following research that has to do with walnuts. With every new study, there’s a little more information we can use to show people the power that walnuts have over our body. We will continue to present you the research, so you can make the right decisions for your body’s health.