We've always known nuts were healthy — despite what mainstream nutritionists say about foods with a high fat content. (What's not to love? Amazing antioxidants, high-quality protein, heart-healthy fats...)
But new research is showing that nuts actually have fewer "real" calories then what you see on standard Nutrition Facts panels. A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that almonds have 20% fewer "real" calories than originally thought!
This is because of the way we measure nutritional content: in a lab.
Our current nutrition facts paradigm is based on a formula called the "Atwater system," which measures the energy in a food — essentially by burning it — and then estimates how much of that food is indigestible in the human body.
Well, it looks like the estimates were off...by about twenty percent!
It turns out that the cell membranes in Almonds (and possibly other nuts and whole plant foods) have a rigid structure that keeps a certain amount of fat from being absorbed in the digestive tract.
Similar research has now shown that Pistachios also have fewer calories than we thought — about 5% less.
Calories aside, another study at Purdue University discovered something even more remarkable. Snacking on almonds curbed participants' appetites...without contributing to any weight gain! This is compared to "low-fat" snacks — mainly carbohydrate — which actually made participants crave more food!
A potential reason almonds deliver such satiation is their special combination of protein, fiber and monounsaturated fat — all slow-digesting nutrients that trigger feelings of fullness better than carbohydrates alone.
This is the end of the old-school wisdom that "Calories are Calories, no matter where you get them." So next time you're feeling hungry, reach for some nuts!
Might we suggest some of our RAW, Organic nuts?