Are You Nuts!? Apparently We Have Overestimated The Calories In Nuts…

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Some highly respected sources including Medscape have resurfaced the question ‘are we overestimating the calorie content of nuts’? And the answer it seems is yes!

There are a number of reasons why this may be, including the failure of the Atwater Figure accounting for the calorie content of fibre (a method of estimating the calorie content of food via the macronutrient content i.e. protein, carbs and fat). As well as this it is thought that we do not digest and absorb all of the calories from nuts because mastication (chewing) doesn’t break down all of the cell walls in the nut, meaning we don’t digest the entire nut (just take a peak in the loo the day after a nut eating session…if you fancy).

Dr Ramsey asserts that we have overestimated the calorie content of nuts, consequently we should aim to take 25% off the calorie value given to nuts. However, this may mean that smooth nut butter is probably going to deliver far more calories than nuts alone, so be aware of that. The positives outweigh the negatives though, nuts are a great source of monounsaturated fats, they keep us feeling full, as well as improving our absorption of fat- soluble vitamins. Plus you get fibre and key minerals such as manganese and selenium which are key to cell integrity and immune function.

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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