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Does a Handful of Nuts Equal an Ounce?

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Hey Fit!
Question for you: I've heard from different people and read in different fitness magazines that an ounce of mixed nuts is a good afternoon snack. I don't have a kitchen scale, so off-hand, how much is an ounce? A small handful?

Interestingly enough, I do have a digital kitchen scale; my husband went through a period of weighing portions of food especially nuts! What a coincidence. So I decided to weigh a handful of walnuts and see if it equals the prescribed nut intake of an ounce.

To see how much that handful of nuts weighted, just

So it seems that the advice that a handful of nuts in about an ounce is true.

I do, however, have fairly small hands. So, please take hand size into consideration when eye-balling your one ounce handful of nuts.

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sophia_HL sophia_HL 8 years
count 12 almonds- that has about 60 cals and is supposed to contain fats that help curb your appetite.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I want a scale too! Ha.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I want a scale too! Ha.
nancita nancita 8 years
Good to know, Fit; nice experiment. Now I kinda want a kitchen scale.
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 8 years
my nutritionist always said 12-24 nuts is about right. i usually will have 12 almonds which is enough to fill my palm (i too have small hands.)
ElissaM ElissaM 8 years
I guess if your hands are that much bigger you could afford to eat a few more nuts.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I measure my nuts with a measuring cup. One ounce of nuts is 1/4 cup or 1/3 cup. I like to use 1/4.
Greentea1203 Greentea1203 8 years
haha same here. I have baby hands
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
I have tiny hands too. So when they say an ounce of meat is the size of your palm I am like WHAT!? No way!
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