Nut Consumption Among U.S. Adults, 2009–2010

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans encourage the consumption of nutrient-dense foods such as nuts and seeds. Nut consumption has been associated with improved nutrient intake and diet quality and improved health outcomes, including those related to cardiovascular disease.

An NCHS report examines the percentage of U.S. adults who consumed nuts on a given day, using data from one in-person, 24-hour dietary recall interview.

Key Findings from the Report:

  • Almost 40% (38.2%) of adults consumed nuts on a given day.
  • More non-Hispanic white (43.6%) than non-Hispanic black (23.7%) or Hispanic (25.5%) adults consumed nuts.
  • Approximately 80% of nuts consumed (84.0% by men and 79.7% by women) were nuts or seeds as single-item foods or nut butters.


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