​Barack Obama Doesn't Eat Exactly 7 Almonds Every Night

Leader of the Free World clears up important detail

When a recent New York Times article offered up the little gem that Barack Obama eats 'seven lightly salted almonds' as a late night snack in the oval office, the world pounced on this small but pleasing detail.

It painted a picture of a disciplined, health-conscious creature of habit and validated our own commitment to binning the Dairy Milk in favour of a healthier snack when we too are working late and low on energy.

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But guess what? It's not true.

This week Obama told NBC,  'This is an example of the weird way that the press works.'

'So, Michelle [Obama] and Sam Kass, who was our chef here, one night they were talking about me and teasing me about how disciplined I was, that I didn't have potato chips or I didn't have a piece of cake.' 

'And this is when Michelle said: 'Yes, and he just has seven almonds. That's it.' To really drive home the point that I needed to loosen up a little bit. And Sam relayed this joke to the New York Times in the article and somehow it was relayed as if I was counting out the seven almonds.'

However, keen not to undermine the importance of healthy snacking, Obama added, 'almonds are a good snack – I strongly recommend them.'

'I am so glad I had this opportunity. This has been really weighing on me.'

With great power comes great responsibility – even with snacks. 

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