Pine Nuts to Decrease Appetite?

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Use pine nuts as a garnish to help decrease your appetite. The pinolenic acid found in them is what makes it work. Pinolenic acid mostly from the Korean Pine nut, and Siberian pine nuts. It is in the oil produced by them.

Research shows its use in weight loss by appetite suppression. The Pinolenic acid causes the body to trigger two hunger suppressants. These hunger suppressants are called cholecystokinin and glucagon-like peptide-1. Never mind the long names! Let’s just go with the pine nuts.

Pine Nuts Decrease Appetite
Pine Nuts Decrease Appetite

One serving of pine nuts (1 ounce or 1/4 cup) contains about 190 calories, is a good source of copper, magnesium and zinc.

Pine nuts are surpassed only by almonds and hazelnuts in Vitamin E content. They supply nearly 20 percent of the Daily Value for Vitamin K, important for blood clotting and bone health.

As with all nuts, the fat is mostly good-for-you mono and polyunsaturated. Pine nuts also contain phytosterols – plant compounds that block cholesterol’s absorption – at twice the level found in walnuts.

Eating Pine Nuts

Toasting pine nuts brings out their rich flavor. To toast, spread on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 5 to 10 minutes until golden brown. Pine nuts are ideal for stuffings, salads and baked goods. Add them to ground meat for meatballs. Their creamy texture makes them an essential ingredient in pesto sauce or you can make a smooth and creamy salad dressing by combining them in a food processor or blender with a little olive oil, herbs and lemon juice or vinegar. Pine nus are more expensive than most nuts, because those tiny nuts are more labor-intensive to harvest. But a little does go a long way. Source: Fab Food: Pine Nuts from our sister site, Belly Bytes.

Fun Facts

  • Ancient Romans preserved pine nuts in honey, pressed them into wine and used them in sausage.
  • Nicknamed pinoccoli or pinocchi in Italy, this popular nut was the inspiration for Pinocchio’s name, because his nose is shaped like a pine nut.

Author: Jeni

Certified by the Professional School of Fitness and Nutrition in March, 1995; honored for exemplary grades. Practicing fitness and nutrition for over 20 years. Featured in the Feb. 1994 issue of "Shape" magazine. Featured in Collage in the spring issue of 1995 Low fat recipe's published in Taste of Home, Quick Cooking, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, among others. September, 2001: Featured in "Winning The War on Cholesterol" By Rodale Publishing

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