The Reading / Listening - Nuts - Level 2

Research says nuts could be a valuable and tasty slimming aid. Harvard University researchers recommended people replace unhealthy snacks with a handful of nuts to slow down weight gain. This is especially helpful for people as they get older. The researchers said people who ate 14g of nuts every day gained less weight and were less likely to become obese than those who ate other snacks. The benefits to our weight could be quite small. Eating nuts instead of chocolate and cakes could help prevent a weight gain of just 0.4 to 0.7kg over four years.



The researchers' study was twenty years long. They looked at the lifestyles of 190,000 people. The participants in the research were divided into three groups. They included over 51,000 male health professionals aged 40 to 75, 121,700 nurses aged 35 to 55 and 16,686 nurses aged 24 to 44. Researchers asked them questions every four years about their weight, their exercise, and how often they ate nuts. A researcher said replacing less healthy foods with nuts might help reduce the weight gain that is common as we age, and might lower the chances of becoming obese.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Nuts - Level 0 Nuts - Level 1   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. a valuable and tasty
  2. a handful of
  3. people who ate 14g
  4. gained
  5. less likely to
  6. The benefits
  7. Eating nuts
  8. just 0.4 to 0.7kg
  1. instead of chocolate
  2. less weight
  3. over four years
  4. slimming aid
  5. to our weight
  6. of nuts every day
  7. nuts
  8. become obese

Paragraph 2

  1. The researchers' study was
  2. the lifestyles
  3. participants in the
  4. divided into
  5. how often they
  6. replacing less healthy foods
  7. that is common
  8. lower the chances
  1. as we age
  2. three groups
  3. of becoming obese
  4. of 190,000 people
  5. with nuts
  6. twenty years long
  7. ate nuts
  8. research

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Research says nuts could (1) ___________________ and tasty slimming aid. Harvard University researchers recommended people replace unhealthy snacks (2) ___________________ of nuts to slow down weight gain. This (3) ___________________ for people as they get older. The researchers said people who ate 14g of nuts every day (4) ___________________ and were less likely to become obese than those who ate other snacks. The (5) ___________________ weight could be quite small. Eating nuts instead of chocolate and cakes could help (6) ___________________ gain of just 0.4 to 0.7kg over four years.

The researchers' (7) ___________________ years long. They looked at the lifestyles of 190,000 people. The participants in the research were (8) ___________________ groups. They included over 51,000 male health professionals aged 40 to 75, 121,700 nurses aged 35 to 55 and 16,686 (9) ___________________ to 44. Researchers asked them questions every four years (10) ___________________, their exercise, and how (11) ___________________ nuts. A researcher said replacing less healthy foods with nuts might help reduce the weight gain that is common as we age, and might (12) ___________________ of becoming obese.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Researchsaysnutscouldbeavaluableandtastyslimmingaid.HarvardU
niversityresearchersrecommendedpeoplereplaceunhealthysnacks
withahandfulofnutstoslowdownweightgain.Thisisespeciallyhelpfulfo
rpeopleastheygetolder.Theresearcherssaidpeoplewhoate14gofnuts
everydaygainedlessweightandwerelesslikelytobecomeobesethanth
osewhoateothersnacks.Thebenefitstoourweightcouldbequitesmall.
Eatingnutsinsteadofchocolateandcakescouldhelppreventaweightga
inofjust0.4to0.7kgoverfouryears.Theresearchers'studywastwentyy
earslong.Theylookedatthelifestylesof190,000people.Theparticipant
sintheresearchweredividedintothreegroups.Theyincludedover51,0
00malehealthprofessionalsaged40to75,121,700nursesaged35to55
and16,686nursesaged24to44.Researchersaskedthemquestionseve
ryfouryearsabouttheirweight,theirexercise,andhowoftentheyatenut
s.Aresearchersaidreplacinglesshealthyfoodswithnutsmighthelpred
ucetheweightgainthatiscommonasweage,andmightlowerthechance
sofbecomingobese.

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

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