The Reading / Listening - Nuts - Level 3

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



The researchers conducted a long-term study in which they looked at the lifestyle of nearly 190,000 people over two decades. The participants in the research were divided into three groups. They included more than 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 the participants questions 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 diet by replacing less healthy foods may help [reduce] the gradual weight gain common during adulthood and beneficially contribute to the prevention of obesity."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Nuts - Level 0 Nuts - Level 1   or  Nuts - Level 2

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


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Warm-ups

1. NUTS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about nuts. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       research / nuts / slimming / snack / helpful / obese / weight / chocolate / chops /
       long term / study / decades / professionals / nurses / healthy / common / obesity
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. POTATO CHIPS: Students A strongly believe governments should make the price of nuts much cheaper than potato chips; Students B strongly believe the opposite.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. SLIMMING: How good are these things as a slimming aid? What are your experiences of these things? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

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5. AID: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "aid". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. VALUABLE: Rank these with your partner. Put the most valuable food at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • beans
  • garlic
  • tomatoes
  • rice
  • nuts
  • bread
  • spinach
  • cheese

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. valuable a. A small amount of something, small enough to fit in the hand.
      2. nutritious b. Very, very useful or important.
      3. aid c. A person or thing that is helpful or that helps other people.
      4. handful d. Very fat or overweight.
      5. gained e. Stop something happening.
      6. obese f. (Of food) good enough to make our body grow and be healthy.
      7. prevent g. Added; put on (weight).

    Paragraph 2

      8. conducted h. People doing a higher-level job who are very good at that job.
      9. lifestyle i. Give (something, especially money) in order to help achieve or provide something.
      10. participant j. Taking place or happening slowly.
      11. professional k. A person who takes part in something.
      12. incorporating l. Taking in or containing something as part of a whole.
      13. gradual m. Did or carried out.
      14. contribute n. The way in which a person or group lives.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The article said nuts were tasty, valuable and nutritious.     T / F
  2. Researchers say a handful of nuts a day can slow down weight loss.     T / F
  3. People who eat nuts more likely to become obese.     T / F
  4. People who eat nuts might lose 0.7kg over four years.     T / F
  5. Researchers looked at the lifestyle of almost 190,000 people.     T / F
  6. Researchers looked at the lifestyle of nurses in their sixties.     T / F
  7. Researchers asked participants questions every four months.     T / F
  8. A researcher said eating nuts could increase obesity.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. valuable
  2. recommended
  3. especially
  4. likely
  5. swapping
  6. conducted
  7. divided
  8. exercised
  9. incorporating
  10. common
  1. carried out
  2. probable
  3. exchanging
  4. widespread
  5. advised
  6. worked out
  7. including
  8. precious
  9. split
  10. particularly

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. slimming
  2. a small handful
  3. less likely to
  4. help prevent
  5. just 0.4 to 0.7kg
  6. researchers conducted a
  7. divided
  8. nurses aged
  9. Incorporating nuts into
  10. contribute to the prevention
  1. of nuts
  2. over four years
  3. 24 to 44
  4. into three groups
  5. aid
  6. of obesity
  7. a weight gain
  8. a healthy diet
  9. become obese
  10. long-term study

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
as
daily
benefits
valuable
prevent
gain
quite
another

New research says eating nuts could be a (1) ______, tasty and nutritious slimming aid. Researchers from Harvard University recommended that people replace a (2) ______ unhealthy snack with a small handful of nuts to slow down weight (3) ______. They say this is especially helpful for people (4) ______ they get older. The researchers found that people who ate just 14g of nuts every day gained less weight than those who ate (5) ______ snack. The people who ate the nuts were less likely to become obese. However, the (6) ______ to our weight could be (7) ______ small. The scientists said swapping chocolate, cakes and potato chips with nuts could help (8) ______ a weight gain of just 0.4 to 0.7kg over four years.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
divided
exercised
common
participants
lifestyle
obesity
nurses
diet

The researchers conducted a long-term study in which they looked at the (9) ______ of nearly 190,000 people over two decades. The participants in the research were (10) ______ into three groups. They included more than 51,000 male health professionals aged 40 to 75, 121,700 (11) ______ aged 35 to 55 and 16,686 nurses aged 24 to 44. Researchers asked the (12) ______ questions every four years about their weight, how often they ate nuts, and how often they (13) ______. Researcher doctor Xiaoran Liu said: "Incorporating nuts [into] a healthy (14) ______ by replacing less healthy foods may help [reduce] the gradual weight gain (15) ______ during adulthood and beneficially contribute to the prevention of (16) ______."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  New research says eating nuts could be a valuable, tasty and ______ aid
     a.  nutritious slim in
     b.  nutritiously slimming
     c.  nutrition slimming
     d.  nutritious slimming
2)  people replace a daily unhealthy snack with a small ______
     a.  hand full of nut
     b.  handy full of nuts
     c.  handful of nuts
     d.  handful of nut
3)  They say this is especially helpful for people as ______
     a.  they get older
     b.  they get olden
     c.  they got older
     d.  they got olden
4)  The people who ate the nuts were less likely to ______
     a.  become obesity
     b.  be come obesity
     c.  be came obese
     d.  become obese
5)  swapping chocolate, cakes and potato ______
     a.  chip with nuts
     b.  chips with nuts
     c.  chip with nut
     d.  chip with nuts

6)  The researchers conducted a long-term study in which they looked ______
     a.  that the lifestyle
     b.  at the lifestyle
     c.  at the live style
     d.  that the lifestyle
7)  The participants in the research were divided ______
     a.  in two three groups
     b.  into three groups
     c.  into three group
     d.  in two three group
8)  Researchers asked the participants questions every four years about ______
     a.  their weight
     b.  their wait
     c.  their worth
     d.  their wright
9)  how often they ate nuts, and how often ______
     a.  they exorcised
     b.  they exercised
     c.  they exercises
     d.  they exercising
10)  during adulthood and beneficially contribute to the ______
     a.  prevention of oboes city
     b.  prevention of obese city
     c.  prevention of obese
     d.  prevention of obesity

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

New research says eating nuts (1) ___________________ valuable, tasty and nutritious slimming aid. Researchers from Harvard University recommended that people (2) ___________________ unhealthy snack with a small handful of nuts to slow down weight gain. They say this is especially helpful for people (3) ___________________ older. The researchers found that people who ate just 14g of nuts every day gained less weight than those who (4) ___________________. The people who ate the nuts were less likely to become obese. However, the (5) ___________________ weight could be quite small. The scientists said swapping chocolate, cakes and potato chips with nuts could help prevent a (6) ___________________ just 0.4 to 0.7kg over four years.

The researchers conducted a long-term study in (7) ___________________ at the lifestyle of nearly 190,000 people over two decades. The participants in the research (8) ___________________ three groups. They included more than 51,000 male health professionals aged 40 to 75, 121,700 nurses aged 35 to 55 and 16,686 (9) ___________________ to 44. Researchers asked the participants questions every four years about their weight, how often they ate nuts, and (10) ___________________ exercised. Researcher doctor Xiaoran Liu said: "Incorporating nuts [into] (11) ___________________ by replacing less healthy foods may help [reduce] the gradual weight gain common during adulthood and beneficially (12) ___________________ prevention of obesity."

Comprehension questions

  1. What university are the researchers from?
  2. How many grams of nuts did researchers say we could eat every day?
  3. What are people who eat nuts less likely to be?
  4. How big did a doctor say the benefits to our weight were?
  5. How long might it take people to lose 0.7kg?
  6. How many people's lifestyles did researchers look at?
  7. How long did the research take?
  8. How many male health professionals were part of the research?
  9. How often did the researchers ask the participants questions?
  10. What did a doctor say eating nuts could help to prevent?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What university are the researchers from?
a) Princeton
b) Harvard
c) Oxford
d) Cambridge
2) How many grams of nuts did researchers say we could eat every day?
a) 20g
b) 18g
c) 16g
d) 14g
3) What are people who eat nuts less likely to be?
a) slim
b) happy
c) obese
d) nutty
4) How big did a doctor say the benefits to our weight were?
a) quite small
b) very big
c) tiny
d) huge
5) How long might it take people to lose 0.7kg?
a) four months
b) four years
c) four weeks
d) four months

6) How many people's lifestyles did researchers look at?
a) almost 190,000
b) around 190,000
c) exactly 190,000
d) just over 190,000
7) How long did the research take?
a) 12 years
b) two years
c) two decades
d) a decade
8) How many male health professionals were part of the research?
a) more than 51,000
b) 16,686
c) 121,700
d) 2,544
9) How often did the researchers ask the participants questions?
a) every four weeks
b) every four days
c) every four months
d) every four years
10) What did a doctor say eating nuts could help to prevent?
a) influenza
b) spotty faces
c) obesity
d) stomach aches

Role play

Role  A – Nuts
You think nuts are the most valuable food. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their food isn't as valuable. Also, tell the others which is the least valuable of these (and why): bread, cheese or garlic.

Role  B – Bread
You think bread is the most valuable food. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their food isn't as valuable. Also, tell the others which is the least valuable of these (and why): nuts, cheese or garlic.

Role  C – Cheese
You think cheese is the most valuable food. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their food isn't as valuable. Also, tell the others which is the least valuable of these (and why): bread, nuts or garlic.

Role  D – Garlic
You think garlic is the most valuable food. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their food isn't as valuable. Also, tell the others which is the least valuable of these (and why): bread, cheese or nuts.
                                                                                                   

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'nut'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'diet'.

  • ________________
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  • ________________
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  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • long
    • divided
    • 40
    • doctor
    • less
    • prevention
    • new
    • handful
    • as
    • 14
    • small
    • 0.4




    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.

    (Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

    Discussion - Eating nuts could help us to keep slim

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'nuts'?
    3. What do you think of nuts?
    4. How good a snack are nuts?
    5. Have you ever been on a diet?
    6. What is the best way to slim?
    7. Are nuts better than chocolate and cakes?
    8. What are your favorite nuts?
    9. Would you eat more nuts and fewer snacks to lose weight?
    10. Are you happy with your weight?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'diet'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you know about the health benefits of nuts?
    5. How tasty are nuts?
    6. What can you do with nuts?
    7. What is the best way to diet?
    8. What do you think of eating a nut-only diet?
    9. What do you know about obesity?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the researchers?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    New research says eating nuts could be a (1) ____, tasty and nutritious slimming aid. Researchers from Harvard University recommended that people replace a (2) ____ unhealthy snack with a small handful of nuts to slow down weight (3) ____. They say this is especially helpful for people as they get older. The researchers found that people who ate just 14g of nuts every day gained (4) ____ weight than those who ate another snack. The people who ate the nuts were less (5) ____ to become obese. However, the benefits to our weight could be quite small. The scientists said swapping chocolate, cakes and potato chips with nuts could help (6) ____ a weight gain of just 0.4 to 0.7kg over four years.

    The researchers conducted a long-term (7) ____ in which they looked at the lifestyle of nearly 190,000 people over two (8) ____. The participants in the research were divided into three groups. They included more than 51,000 male health professionals (9) ____ 40 to 75, 121,700 nurses aged 35 to 55 and 16,686 nurses aged 24 to 44. Researchers asked the participants questions every four years about their weight, how often they (10) ____ nuts, and how often they exercised. Researcher doctor Xiaoran Liu said: "Incorporating nuts [into] a healthy diet by replacing less healthy foods may help [reduce] the (11) ____ weight gain common during adulthood and beneficially (12)____ to the prevention of obesity."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     value     (b)     valuable     (c)     values     (d)     valued    
    2. (a)     daytime     (b)     daily     (c)     day     (d)     days    
    3. (a)     gaining     (b)     gained     (c)     grain     (d)     gain    
    4. (a)     lower     (b)     less     (c)     small     (d)     reduce    
    5. (a)     likelihood     (b)     liken     (c)     likes     (d)     likely    
    6. (a)     proof     (b)     prove     (c)     prevent     (d)     prevail    
    7. (a)     study     (b)     researching     (c)     investigate     (d)     testing    
    8. (a)     decadence     (b)     decade     (c)     decades     (d)     decides    
    9. (a)     aged     (b)     ages     (c)     aging     (d)     ageless    
    10. (a)     eatery     (b)     eats     (c)     eating     (d)     ate    
    11. (a)     gradual     (b)     gradually     (c)     graded     (d)     grades    
    12. (a)     contrite     (b)     constant     (c)     contribute     (d)     competition

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  of nuts to slow down weight gain. They say this is especially helpful for people as they get
    (...)  with nuts could help prevent a weight gain of just 0.4 to 0.7kg over four years.
    (...)  weight could be quite small. The scientists said swapping chocolate, cakes and potato chips
    (...)  people over two decades. The participants in the research were divided into three groups. They included more than 51,000 male health
    (...)  those who ate another snack. The people who ate the nuts were less likely to become obese. However, the benefits to our
    (...)  often they ate nuts, and how often they exercised. Researcher doctor Xiaoran Liu said:
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    (...)  The researchers conducted a long-term study in which they looked at the lifestyle of nearly 190,000
    (...)  Harvard University recommended that people replace a daily unhealthy snack with a small handful
    (...)  gain common during adulthood and beneficially contribute to the prevention of obesity."
    (...)  professionals aged 40 to 75, 121,700 nurses aged 35 to 55 and 16,686 nurses aged
    (...)  older. The researchers found that people who ate just 14g of nuts every day gained less weight than

    Put the words in the right order

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    3. get   Especially   as   people   for   helpful   older   .   they
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    8. every  the   years  .  participants  asked   four   Researchers   questions
    9. adulthood   .   gradual   Reduce   gain   common   weight   during   the
    10. of   contribute   Beneficially   obesity   .   prevention   the   to

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    new research says eating nuts could be a valuable tasty and nutritious slimming aid researchers from harvard university recommended that people replace a daily unhealthy snack with a small handful of nuts to slow down weight gain they say this is especially helpful for people as they get older the researchers found that people who ate just 14g of nuts every day gained less weight than those who ate another snack the people who ate the nuts were less likely to become obese however the benefits to our weight could be quite small the scientists said swapping chocolate cakes and potato chips with nuts could help prevent a weight gain of just 04 to 07kg over four years

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    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    mmingaid.ResearchersfromHarvardUniversityrecommendedthatpe
    oplereplaceadailyunhealthysnackwithasmallhandfulofnutstoslowdo
    wnweightgain.Theysaythisisespeciallyhelpfulforpeopleastheygetol
    der.Theresearchersfoundthatpeoplewhoatejust14gofnutseveryday
    gainedlessweightthanthosewhoateanothersnack.Thepeoplewhoate
    thenutswerelesslikelytobecomeobese.However,thebenefitstoourwe
    ightcouldbequitesmall.Thescientistssaidswappingchocolate,cakesa
    ndpotatochipswithnutscouldhelppreventaweightgainofjust0.4to0.7
    kgoverfouryears.Theresearchersconductedalong-termstudyinwhic
    htheylookedatthelifestyleofnearly190,000peopleovertwodecades.T
    heparticipantsintheresearchweredividedintothreegroups.Theyinclu
    dedmorethan51,000malehealthprofessionalsaged40to75,121,700
    nursesaged35to55and16,686nursesaged24to44.Researchersaske
    dtheparticipantsquestionseveryfouryearsabouttheirweight,howofte
    ntheyatenuts,andhowoftentheyexercised.ResearcherdoctorXiaoran
    Liusaid:"Incorporatingnuts[into]ahealthydietbyreplacinglesshealth
    yfoodsmayhelp[reduce]thegradualweightgaincommonduringadult
    hoodandbeneficiallycontributetothepreventionofobesity."

    Free writing

    Write about nuts for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Governments should make cakes more expensive and nuts cheaper. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. NUTS: Make a poster about nuts. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. HEALTHY FOOD: Write a magazine article about governments making healthy food cheaper and unhealthy food more expensive. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on nuts. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to lose weight. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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