Looking at almonds, in particular, the team from the Department of Nutritional Sciences found that eating nuts also resulted in a lower and slower release of fat into the bloodstream, which is beneficial for a whole range of health problems such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes.
"Our research shows how important it is to look past food labels on some foods since what is displayed in terms of fat and calorie content may not accurately reflect what actually happens once consumed," said Dr Sarah Berry
New research led by Professor Kevin Whelan eating a handful of nuts a day significantly increases the production of butyrate, a short-chain fatty acid that promotes gut health.
Professor Whelan added: "Butyrate act as a fuel source for cells in the colon, they regulate absorption of other nutrients in the gut, and help balance the immune system."
All the more reason to chomp on handfuls of nuts in front of the Christmas tree!