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ALOHA is a 3-phase, industry sponsored research project that examines the impact of almond consumption as a snack food on the control of appetite. Almonds are natural snack products that have unique structural properties and composition as they are high in protein and fibre and relatively low in digestible energy.
Previous research has demonstrated that proteins and fibres are food components that have prominent effects on appetite control. As part of this project, our research group will determine the impact of almond consumption on appetite control by incorporating measures of subjective appetite sensations, satiating efficiency (SQ), objectively measured energy intake, pattern of eating (food selection), and food hedonics (liking and wanting for food) in a series of short-term and medium-term studies.