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New research says eating nuts could be a , tasty and nutritious slimming . Researchers from Harvard University recommended that people replace a unhealthy snack with a small of nuts to slow down weight gain. They say this is helpful for people as they get . The researchers found that people who ate just 14g of nuts every day gained less than those who ate another snack. The people who ate the nuts were less to become obese. However, the benefits to our weight could be quite small. The scientists said chocolate, cakes and potato chips with nuts could help prevent a weight of just 0.4 to 0.7kg over four years.

The researchers conducted a long-term in which they looked at the of nearly 190,000 people over two . The participants in the research were divided into three . They included more than 51,000 male health professionals aged 40 to 75, 121,700 aged 35 to 55 and 16,686 nurses aged 24 to 44. Researchers asked the participants every four years about their weight, how often they ate nuts, and how often they exercised. Researcher doctor Xiaoran Liu said: "Incorporating nuts [into] a healthy by replacing less healthy foods may help [reduce] the weight gain common during and beneficially contribute to the of obesity."

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