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03 January, 2019

New Study Reveals Cashews Have Fewer Calories Than Previously Thought

New Study Reveals Cashews Have Fewer Calories Than Previously Thought


Researchers from the USDA carried out a human intervention trial to look at the available energy content in cashew nuts.



The study, published in the journal Nutrients, was conducted with eighteen healthy adults who followed two treatments during four weeks each, with a break of 26 days in between. The treatments were: 1) to follow a controlled base diet supplemented with 42 grams per day of cashews for 4 weeks, and 2) to follow the same controlled base diet with no-cashew supplementation for 4 weeks. During this period, blood, urine and fecal samples were collected for chemical analyses.
 
The results showed that the available energy (calorie) content of cashews is 16% lower than what is typically stated on current food labels and databases in the United States, so, the correction of these values is needed in order to provide consumers with accurate energy values.
 
This research was funded by the Global Cashew Council, International Nut and Dried Fruit Council.
 
Baer, D., & Novotny, J. (2019). Metabolizable Energy from Cashew Nuts is Less than that Predicted by Atwater Factors. Nutrients11(1), 33.
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