We Earthlings: Apples vs. Almonds — Water Use & Fiber Content

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Water usage and what we get in return is a challenging issue to track when making a buying decision. Here, we compare the water use involved in producing a pound of apples and a pound of almonds. While the almonds require 10 times the water as apples do, they deliver five times the dietary fiber. Your decisions about how much fiber you eat can be adjusted to achieve a lower, healthier mix. It’s not a matter of abandoning one or the other crop, but mixing them appropriately.

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comparison of water use for growing apples versus almonds

This poster was originally published on August 20, 2019.

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  1. This article doesn’t address the amount of protein in apples versus almonds. Protein should also be an important consideration in choosing a snack.

  2. Hi, yes protein is another consideration, but there are many considerations with all foods and all products we might buy. This poster, we hope, gets you thinking about the choices and their impacts.

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