Defining Handful of nuts

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What is the definition of a “handful” serving of nuts?

Just wondering what was their definition of a “handful” of nuts? 25 grams? 8 nuts? Big difference in opinion from one person to the next as to what is a “handful”. Many thanks.

 wickedchicken / Originally posted on Milk Protein vs. Soy Protein


“Handful” of nuts typically refers to an ounce. So that’s like 23 almonds, 14 walnut halves, or 21 filberts (hazelnuts). The USDA nutrient database is the go-to place for weight (and nutrient) measurements:

For more on what just a few nuts can do, see my videos Fighting Inflammation in a Nut Shell and What Women Should Eat to Live Longer. Wouldn’t eating a handful of nuts make you fat, though? You’d be surprised–see my video Nuts and Obesity: The Weight of Evidence.

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  1. Got a nut question for you – I’ve read some things about roasted nuts having damaged oils, etc., so I have tried to go with raw nuts, but I just can’t stomach them! Seriously, they give me a stomach ache. I seem to be able to digest roasted nuts just fine, though. Is there a reason for this? Are roasted nuts still a healthy choice?

  2. Because of the level of l-Arginine in some nuts, shouldn’t people who suffer from HSV types 1 and 2 try to limit their intake ? Being as l-Arginine feeds the virus it would make outbreaks more frequent for sufferers.

  3. There is a myth going around that nuts (and sprouts) shouldn’t be consumed in combination with
    honey. Is there really something in from the scientific point of view?

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