Whole almonds have 20% fewer calories than previously thought
By Elaine Watson
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Nut-fueled snack maker KIND is the first brand to reduce calorie counts on labels to reflect USDA research suggesting that traditional methods for calculating energy have significantly overstated the metabolizable energy (and therefore the available calories) from whole almonds and other nuts.
Research conducted by Dr David Baer and others at USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) shows that calories in whole almonds are around 20% lower than previously thought, as when you bite into a whole almond and break it up into smaller pieces, some of these fragments pass through your digestive system intact, taking the energy they contain with them.