October 2023.

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About this episode

Australians often avoid eating nuts, including almonds, due to their kilojoule and fat content.

But a recent randomised trial, by Australian-based researchers, provides further evidence that an energy-restricted diet, containing nuts (almonds, in this case) can promote weight loss and maintenance, and support cardiometabolic health.

Lead researcher, Professor Alison Coates, from the University of South Australia, shares the key findings from her team’s research, which has just been published in the journal Obesity.

She presents a compelling case for why almonds make a great addition to a weight loss diet!  

About today’s guest

Alison Coates is a professor in human nutrition, and a member of the Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA) Research Centre, based in Allied Health and Human Performance at the University of South Australia.

Alison received her PhD from the University of Adelaide in 2002. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado, she returned to the University of South Australia where she has been for the last 19 years.

Alison’s research focuses on dietary strategies to improve cardiovascular and metabolic function, with a focus on bioactive nutrients in foods and supplements, and the impact of altered timing of eating.

She is currently working on weight loss trials in adults focused on a wide range of health outcomes.

Prof Alison Coates
Prof Alison Coates

Supporting resources

Almonds vs. carbohydrate snacks in an energy-restricted diet: Weight and cardiometabolic outcomes from a randomized trial

Almonds: A useful addition to a weight loss diet

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