January 2022.

About this episode

Nuts are high in fat and are energy dense. But does this mean regularly eating nuts leads to weight gain?

No, and in fact research suggests the opposite – eating nuts is not linked to weight gain. One of the reasons why is that not all the energy (kilojoules) in nuts is absorbed.  

We speak with Cassandra Nikodijevic on the fascinating results of her PhD research into the metabolisable energy content of nuts. She explains the ‘how’ and the ‘why’, and talks us through the differences in kilojoule absorption between nut types and nut forms.  

About today’s guest

Cassandra Nikodijevic is an Accredited Practising Dietitian. She graduated from the University of Wollongong with a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours) (Dean’s Scholar) in 2018 and began her PhD in nutrition in March 2021.

Cassandra currently works in private practice once a fortnight to supplement her PhD. Her research explores nut consumption in Australia and the relationship between nut consumption and body weight.

Cassandra Nikodijevic
Cassandra Nikodijevic, PhD researcher, University of Wollongong

Supporting resources

Published paper: The metabolizable energy and lipid bioaccessibility of tree nuts and peanuts: A systematic review with narrative synthesis of human and in vitro studies

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