In a perfect world, choosing French fries over almonds would be easy and have no negative effects.

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This industry-funded study found no difference in weight gain or other diabetes risk indicators between eating 300 calories of French fries vs almonds every day for a month.

If you eat fried potato slivers instead of protein-rich almonds as a snack, the scale might not move in the short term, but that doesn't mean it's as healthy.

We know from decades of research that weight loss trials lasting less than a year are likely to be inaccurate, thus a 30-day study is meaningless.

The researchers put 165 adults (average age 30, 68% women) into three groups and told them to eat a 300-calorie portion of one of the following every day for 30 days:

*About a third of a cup of roasted and salted almonds.
*Simple French fries (medium serving)
*Herbs and spices added to French fries (medium serving).

Researchers gave participants 30 single-day portions of their food item and told them to add it to their diet, but didn't inform them how to offset the 300 calories.

After 30 days, the French fry and almond groups had similar changes in body fat and weight. After-fasting glucose and insulin levels were also tested.

But there was one big difference: the people in the French fry group had higher blood glucose and insulin levels right after eating their fries than the people in the almond group.

Calories are the main difference between fries and almonds. Closer inspection reveals that two foods on opposite ends of the healthy eating spectrum are closer than study results suggest.

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