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How many almonds?

Discussion in 'Nutrition & Supplements' started by JK2005, Jul 12, 2005.

  1. JK2005

    JK2005 Well-Known Member

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    I just learnt that almonds, despite its high calories, is very good for health and skin (Vit E) and can be a part of a weight loss diet. But how much is good? I am having 5 a day - hope thats not too much!
     
  2. doordude42

    doordude42 Senior Member

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    I'm currently cutting and eat at least 1 oz per day.

    1 oz:
    6.2g P
    5.5g C
    15g F
    170cal.
    GOOD STUFF!!!!!!!!!
     
  3. JK2005

    JK2005 Well-Known Member

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    Great, thanks. I will not feel guilt of eating almonds now - I always used to look at almonds as 'fat making machines' :)

    I also eat peanuts - about 20 large pieces - as they are good too (I love peanuts :))
     
  4. Thrillhouse17

    Thrillhouse17 Well-Known Member

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    I too eat almonds, some days eating 1/2 cup. My bag says that 1/4 cup = 170 cals, 6 g protein. Apperently 1/4 cup is about 1 oz.
     
  5. Maya

    Maya Well-Known Member

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    I'm also still cutting and have almonds fe times a week. 1 oz is about small handfull (about 20 almonds)

    Avocado is also a good fat ! yummy.!
     
  6. sara

    sara Well-Known Member

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    Almonds are great! :tu:
    Good source of healthy fats & calcium

    on fitday.com 5 almonds = 3 grams of fat
     
  7. Chris

    Chris Well-Known Member

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    Don't forget that they're a good source of fiber as well as protein & fat, and speaking of which, I wouldn't mind having an Almond Joy right about now :tu:
     
  8. Gordo

    Gordo Well-Known Member

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    Rule of thumb, 2 small handfuls/day will not get you fat....how many cups is that? No idea....take a handful....drop it in a 1/4 cup or 1/3 cup and see if you fill it. You'll have a general idea what a "handful" works out to. A handful for me works out to <1/4 cup. If you want a real treat....lightly toast them in the microwave for about 5mins at 100% power (stir them up about half way). The flavor really comes out in the nut. They take on a whole new flavour that way. Toasted almonds rule!
     
  9. JK2005

    JK2005 Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I bought some of the roasted & salted (no oil) variety and it tastes yummy :tucool:

    Will try your microwave trick on some of the raw ones I have!
     
  10. williamso

    williamso Well-Known Member

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    When I buy almonds, I check how many oz. are in the package -- usually 6 or 9. At home I put out 6 cups for 6 oz, 9 cups for 9 oz. Then I split the entire package equally, so I know I have 1 oz. in each cup. Then I eat 1 cup each day. 1 oz each day. Simple.
     
  11. RTE

    RTE Well-Known Member

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    So you eat 340 calories a day of almonds. That is fine. But if you were cutting and were taking in 2200 calories a day, that would be 15.5% of your calories. If you were taking 6 meals a day, that is equal to nearly a full meal which would be 367 calories if you equally divided it. Right now I am at 1800 calories, so that would be about 19% of my daily total!

    Now the above math is not to say don't eat almonds. It is a nagging reminder that while cutting, calories are important. Especially if you measure by the handful.

    Myself, given the choice of a few almonds for 19% of my daily total, I would choose something more filling, providing bulk. Again with me, I could eat a Healthy Choice Grilled Whiskey Steak frozen dinner For 280 calories, 6 gm fat, 38 gms of carbs, 17 gm of protein. The steak is in a BBQ sauce with roasted potatoes and corn and string beans. All proportioned out for me. And I would add in an apple to get up to the 340 calorie total. I would walk away more satisfied, but that is just me.
     
  12. doordude42

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    I prefer the 2oz of almonds to that processed crap.What the hell, I gotta have 20% fat anyway. That's good, healthy fat.
     
  13. philph

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    I very often use almonds to "make up the numbers" so that a meal reaches the intended number of calories.

    The larger part of the calories in almonds is monounsaturated fat, which is a healthy substitute for saturated fats or excessive carbs.

    The downside of nuts is, as others have said, they're not very filling for their number of calories. But that's just the way it is with fats.
     
  14. Thrillhouse17

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    In honesty I love almonds for more than just their taste. They're quick to make (just grab and eat), good when I need breakfast on the run, and I love adding some into my eggs. Beat a couple of eggs together, add a little skim milk, a couple almonds, some salt, cook, and I've made myself a good meal. I also have strange tastes, and can stomach about anything. It is a large part of my daily intake, but it's a quick fix and I know they're healthy fats.
     

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