Pining for Pine nuts
Many diets say that fats are to be avoided because they are high in calories, but not all fat is created equal. The omega-6 fatty acid found in pine nuts called pinolenic acid has been shown to increase the release of satiety hormones. This type of fat can actually promote weight loss and reduce food intake. Pinolenic acid appears to be particularly effective at stimulating the release of CCK (cholecystokinin), the hormone that works as a hunger suppressant. Additionally, pine nuts effectively improved satiety and increased CCK in overweight, post-menopausal women.
What should I expect?
The satiety effects of pine nut oil lasts at least 30 minutes, but may not carry over into next meal. Some people may experience a longer feeling of satiety as pinolenic acid affects hormone release. In some cases, the sensation of fullness could last up to 2 hours.
When should I eat them?
Pine nuts make a great snack on the go. Consider making the delicious pesto (recipe on the next page) and adding it to your vegetable side dish, salad or whole grain noodles. Be sure to enjoy pine nuts and pine nut oil raw to protect the health qualities of the oil.