Are Pine Nuts Fattening?


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Pine nuts are edible seeds of certain kinds of pine trees (generally of the 'stone pine') found in Central America, the Mediterranean coastline and China. Pine nuts are known for their high calorie content replete with proteins and fats; 100 gm of pine nuts contains as much as 500 calories out of which about 30 gm comprises of proteins and about 50-60 gm is fat.

Pine nuts are a recommended food for people on diets as they contain significant amounts of beneficial fatty acids (Omega-3 and Omega-6) which besides reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and certain types of cancer also help in the secretion of a hormone cholecystokinin which induces a feeling of satiety thus helping in appetite management.

Though the pine nuts are high in fat content the greater part is comprised of the beneficial unsaturated kind while the cholesterol content is almost zero and saturated fats are present in trace amounts making pine nuts a valued health food. Thus it can be concluded that pine nuts included in the diet in moderation would not lead to fattening but on the other hand could help in weight loss and management.

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