What happens in your brain when you eat nuts?

22 September 2017

Mid-morning in the office. Hunger pangs strike and your immediate reaction is to dash over to the vending machine and wolf down something full of saturated fats and monosodium glutamate. Bad move! When you start to feel peckish, there’s nothing better than a handful of nuts. Not only are they healthy and nutritious, but they’ll make you a better person as well. That’s right: a better human being. In fact, they’ll make you:

CLEVERER. According to a study by the University of Boston, your neural connections get an instant boost as soon as you eat nuts like walnuts and almonds, packed with polyphenols and other antioxidants. This means improved motor skills and mental agility, which will probably have you handing out nuts left, right and centre.

HAPPIER. A University of Barcelona study shows that eating nuts regularly over 12 weeks leads to a notable rise in levels of serotonin, a substance which governs several things, including our good mood, which makes it more than welcome.

MORE ALERT. So says Neurochemical journal. It suggests that nut extract can help protect against oxidative stress, which causes Alzheimer’s, thanks to its high α-Linolenic acid content. 

CALMER. Thanks to their unequalled power to keep hunger pangs at bay, nuts are the ideal snack between meals and should keep you from trying to devour the waiter at lunch. You can wave goodbye to anxiety and ravenous hunger and show the world your good-humoured, charismatic side. All thanks to nuts.

MORE CLEARHEADED. Nuts help you say goodbye to that Monday face—you know, the one where you look like you haven’t slept a wink all weekend, even though you spent it on the sofa watching Netflix. Thanks to their relaxing, soothing properties, nuts help combat stress and make it easier for you to get a good night’s sleep, which makes them ideal for all those who take their problems to bed with them.

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