Americans going nuts for California almonds
(Cassie Chew, FoodDive) Production of almonds in California could reach 3 billion pounds in 2021, up from about 2.25 billion pounds last year.
The projection comes after the 6,800 California farms, which harvest 80% of the world’s almonds, produced a record 2.1 billion pounds last year.
Recently, the tree nut has become popular for a variety of uses, including in snacks, as a flour substitute in gluten-free baking and to produce almond milk.
One challenge that almond growers have faced is the impact the nut has on the environment.
ABC says California growers have found ways to reduce the amount of water needed to grow one pound of almonds by a third during the past two decades. More.
(Caroline Macdonald) Nut consumption is linked to less weight gain over a five-year period — despite nuts’ high calorie content, according to a study supported by the International Nut and Dried Fruit Council.
The study, published in the European Journal of Nutrition, looked at nut intake and changes in weight over five years among more than 373,000 Europeans from 10 countries.
Average weight gain over the period was 2.1 kg (4.6 lbs.), but those who ate the most nuts gained the least weight and were also 5% less likely to become overweight or obese.
Nuts are an energy-dense food, providing 160 to 200 calories in a standard 1-ounce serving, so concerns that they may lead to weight gain persist. This study found the opposite effect. More.