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Overweight Kids Lose Weight Eating Peanuts Every Day in School-Based Study
Date:12/20/2007

ing overall lifestyle by focusing on intervention sessions contained in three components: 1) nutrition education and behavior modification, 2) physical activity, and 3) food intervention during snack time in class. The adolescents participate in instructor led nutrition lessons in which worksheets are provided once a week for 12 weeks to help the kids set goals and understand how to establish regular eating times, select appropriate portions sizes, and choose nutrient-rich foods and snacks in place of foods with minimal nutritional quality. The kids also exercise 4 times per week via circuit training.

According to the paper, all of the children at the school received a snack during the school period when the food intervention was held, "although the intensive intervention children received peanuts/peanut butter with a fruit or vegetable to enhance satiety and to provide an opportunity for fruit/vegetable consumption." Traditional snacks, such as chips and snack cakes, were replaced in this group. Monthly parent meetings were also offered to build support with parents and families.

Peanuts and peanut butter were well liked by the participants. The peanut snacks helped the kids from overindulging on other unhealthy snacks. Previous studies have shown that eating peanuts helps you stay full longer than when eating high carbohydrate snacks.

Furthermore, the results are consistent with evidence in adults, which shows that regular consumption of peanuts, peanut butter, and peanut oil lowers total and "bad" LDL cholesterol and improves cardiovascular disease risk, and is helpful in weight loss and maintenance.

The Family Lifestyle Overweight Prevention Program suggests that providing a nutrient dense, satisfying healthy peanut snack daily in a school-based setting is part of an effective lifestyle plan for promoting initial weight loss in overweight high risk Mexican-American adolescents.

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