Dr OZ, the Emmy winning heart surgeon, reports in the September, 2011 issue of Time Magazine that there is new research showing that all calories are not created equal. He shares a visual chart of a comparison of nuts versus French fried potatoes, all part of a large four year study that compares foods of equal calories looking at weight loss and weight gain.
The results of eating fries versus nuts, in portions that equal in caloric content, were verydifferent in regards to how the body breaks each food down, how they were usedin the body, and the outcome of weight gained or weight lost by eating the twodifferent food groups. DR. Oz noted the following in his
Nuts take much longer to chew.
Nuts are loaded with good fats and fiber that need more time to break down in the body (more time means more calories burned). Because of the fat in the nuts your stomach stays full much longer, allowing you to go longer before your next meal and eat less.
French Fries are basically cooked starch.
The fries are close to being totally broke down when you put them in your mouth. Once in the mount the starch causes a blood sugar boost, the insulin is called in to take care of the excess sugar which in turn causes hunger signals. You feel hungry so you eat your next meal early and more of it.
When the pounds were tallied, the group eating nuts lost 0.57 pounds. The group eating the same number of calories in French Fries gained 3.35 pounds.
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Oz, Mehmet, the Oz Diet.” Time Magazine Special Nutrition Issue 12 September, 2011: 48-58.