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Are nuts high in calories?

Toby Smithson
Nutrition & Dietetics

Nuts can be high in calories because the main nutrient is fat which has a higher rate of calories per gram than carbohydrate or protein. To correctly answer the question if nuts are high in calories will depend on your portion intake. One serving (one ounce) of nuts can range in calories from 60 calories for 10 peanuts to 200 calories for 19 pecan halves. To include nuts in your current diet, try and replace a higher saturated fat protein or snack food with nuts.

Vandana  R. Sheth
Nutrition & Dietetics
Yes, nuts are high in calories. They contain heart-healthy fats but the fat content makes them high in calories. Enjoy them in moderation.
Janis Jibrin, MS, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics
Nuts weigh in at about 150 to 200 calories per ounce. Yes, that's high, but we recommend only about 1 to 2 ounces daily. In fact, people who eat nuts are thinner than those who don't. "One reason is that nuts are very filling. Studies show that after eating nuts, people compensate for about 65 to 75 percent of their energy by eating less of other foods," says Richard D. Mattes, MPH, PhD, RD, professor of foods and nutrition at Purdue University.

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