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3 ounces of almonds daily reduces calories absorbed by 5%
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Eating almonds and nuts is associated with weight loss.
A recent study found that “When an 84-g[ram] serving of almonds [3 ounces] was incorporated into the diet daily, the energy digestibility of the diet as a whole decreased by [approximately] 5%.”
In other words, 5% fewer daily calories were absorbed for the entire diet.
“Therefore, for individuals with energy intakes between 2000 and 3000 [calories per day], incorporation of 84 [grams] almonds [3 ounces] into the diet daily in exchange for highly digestible foods would result in a reduction of available energy of 100–150 [calories per day],” the authors write.
“With a weight- reduction diet, this deficit could result in more than a pound of weight loss per month.”
Novotny JA, Gebauer SK, and Baer DJ. Discrepancy between the Atwater factor predicted and empirically measured energy values of almonds in human diets. Am J Clin Nutr, 2012 Aug; 96(2): 296-301.
Author’s Contact Info
Janet A. Novotny
USDA, Agricultural Research Service,
Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center,
307B Center Road, Beltsville, MD 20705 USA
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