The Reading / Listening - Nuts - Level 1

Research from Harvard University says nuts could be a useful slimming aid. It recommended people replace unhealthy snacks with nuts to slow down weight gain, especially for older people. People who ate 14g of nuts every day gained less weight and were less likely to be obese than those who ate other snacks. The benefits could be small. Eating nuts instead of unhealthy snacks could reduce weight gain by just 0.4 to 0.7kg over four years.



The researchers' looked at the lifestyles of 190,000 people over twenty years. There were three groups of people. One had 51,000 male health workers aged 40 to 75, and others had nurses aged 24 to 55. Researchers asked them questions every four years about their weight, their exercise, and how often they ate nuts. Replacing less healthy foods with nuts might help reduce weight gain as we age. It might also lower the chances of becoming obese.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Nuts - Level 0 Nuts - Level 2   or  Nuts - Level 3

Sources
  • https://news.sky.com/story/eating-more-nuts-could-slow-weight-gain-researchers-say-11817911
  • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7495177/Eating-half-ounce-nuts-day-cuts-odds-gaining-weight.html
  • https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/326422.php


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. nuts could be a useful slimming
  2. slow
  3. less likely
  4. those who
  5. The benefits could
  6. eating nuts instead of
  7. reduce weight
  8. 0.7kg over
  1. four years
  2. aid
  3. unhealthy snacks
  4. gain
  5. to be obese
  6. ate other snacks
  7. be small
  8. down weight gain

Paragraph 2

  1. the lifestyles of
  2. There were three
  3. asked them questions
  4. how often they
  5. Replacing less healthy foods
  6. help reduce weight
  7. It might also lower
  8. becoming
  1. gain
  2. with nuts
  3. obese
  4. 190,000 people
  5. every four years
  6. the chances
  7. ate nuts
  8. groups of people

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Research from Harvard University (1) ___________________ be a useful slimming aid. It recommended (2) ___________________ snacks with nuts to slow (3) ___________________, especially for older people. People who ate 14g of nuts every day gained less weight and (4) ___________________ to be obese than those who ate other snacks. The (5) ___________________ small. Eating nuts instead of unhealthy snacks could reduce weight gain by just 0.4 to 0.7kg (6) ___________________.

The researchers' looked (7) ___________________ of 190,000 people over twenty years. There were (8) ___________________ people. One had 51,000 male health workers aged 40 to 75, and others (9) ___________________ 24 to 55. Researchers asked them questions every four years (10) ___________________, their exercise, and how often (11) ___________________. Replacing less healthy foods with nuts might help reduce weight gain as we age. It might also lower (12) ___________________ becoming obese.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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d.Itrecommendedpeoplereplaceunhealthysnackswithnutstoslowdo
wnweightgain,especiallyforolderpeople.Peoplewhoate14gofnutsev
erydaygainedlessweightandwerelesslikelytobeobesethanthosewho
ateothersnacks.Thebenefitscouldbesmall.Eatingnutsinsteadofunhe
althysnackscouldreduceweightgainbyjust0.4to0.7kgoverfouryears.
Theresearchers'lookedatthelifestylesof190,000peopleovertwentyy
ears.Therewerethreegroupsofpeople.Onehad51,000malehealthwor
kersaged40to75,andothershadnursesaged24to55.Researchersask
edthemquestionseveryfouryearsabouttheirweight,theirexercise,an
dhowoftentheyatenuts.Replacinglesshealthyfoodswithnutsmighthe
lpreduceweightgainasweage.Itmightalsolowerthechancesofbecomi
ngobese.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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