“Low-calorie snacks like cookies and crackers may seem harmless, but they still have a negative impact on insulin levels, resulting in a surge and a crash, leaving people wanting more low-calorie snacks,” says Keith Kantor, PhD, a nutrition expert. “These empty high carbohydrate foods not only cause increased cravings for sugar, but they get in the way of your body’s fat burning capabilities because your body is unable to use its own fat stores for fuel, and instead it uses the snack for energy, reducing metabolic efficiency. Replace these high carbohydrate snacks with heart-healthy fats from nuts or seeds. Nuts and seeds do not raise insulin levels and they will keep you feeling full for a longer period of time, reducing cravings for sugary foods.” Don’t overlook these 4 more reasons to snack on nuts

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