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Almonds Knock The Shells Off Peanuts In America’s Battle Of The Dietary Nuts

August 6, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Is it really possible that Americans eat more almonds than peanuts every year? Yes, excluding peanut butter, according to recent research. Demand for almonds has grown by more than 220 percent over the last nine years. Apparently Americans are no longer worried about the fat content of almonds, and are more enamored of the protein content, a fact reflected in the decline in meat consumption. But almonds are also at the nexus of other rising dietary trends. There is a growing demand for healthy, appetite-suppressing snacks, and a growing interest in vegetarianism and veganism.
Roberto A. Ferdman, "The rise of the American almond craze in one nutty chart", The Washington Post, August 06, 2014, © The Washington Post
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