The next time you snack on nuts, remember this:

Exta chewing may help you feel full longer. Purdue University researchers in Indiana found that when people chewed a small number of almonds 40 times before swallowing them, they felt satisfied longer than those who ate nuts in 25 or 10 chews. One explanation is that more chewing makes it easier for your body to take in energy from the almonds, says study author Richard Mattes,PhD. While the means you’ll absorb more calories, you’ll be less tempted to snack later on.