San Francisco Chronicle - Almonds Have Fewer Calories Than Thought

Kathryn Roethel
Published 08:02 p.m., Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Here's a piece of almond joy for almond lovers everywhere. The Almond Board of California recalculated the nut's calorie count. How much?
It's in the numbers:

20 percent

The amount by which the state's Almond Board decreased the calorie count of whole almonds. The move came after new USDA research showed that the fat in almonds is not completely absorbed during the human body's digestion. Researchers attribute this to almonds' unique cell structure and high fiber content.


The number of calories in a 28-gram serving of almonds (about 23 almonds) versus the 160 calories for the same amount currently listed on food package labels.

5 percent

The amount by which the same research team decreased pistachios' calorie count.

116 years

The amount of time the Atwater General Factor System has been the standard for measuring calories. It assigns calorie values for every gram of protein, fat and carbohydrate found in a given food. The new USDA technique - currently only tested in whole nuts - allows scientists to extrapolate the calories actually digested from nuts that have been eaten as part of a full diet.

3.5 grams

The amount of dietary fiber an ounce of almonds contains. An ounce also has 6 grams of protein, 75 milligrams of calcium and 7.4 milligrams of vitamin E - all more than any other tree nut.

Source: Almond Board of California

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