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almonds-good or bad?

Answered on December 10, 2014
Created January 21, 2013 at 3:32 PM

So I'm curious about your experiences with almonds? I've been consuming about 2 ounces a day of whole natural almonds and am wondering if its the culprit for why my loss has stalled. Ive eliminated all dairy and saw that I was able to drop a few extra pounds after doing so. What is your take on almonds? How much is too much? Did you see yourself losing more once you eliminated them? Thank you!

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on January 21, 2013
at 06:57 PM

Same here, a jar of nut butter does NOT last long in the house!

532cfd279d793e8fcc23b9f6d91dde5c

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on January 21, 2013
at 05:30 PM

"BUT if you are eating a surplus of energy..."

532cfd279d793e8fcc23b9f6d91dde5c

(1981)

on January 21, 2013
at 05:29 PM

I said I DON'T think they're necessary for a healthy diet. And I do agree that MUFAs can aid in weight loss, especially abdominal fat loss, if you are eating a surplus of energy because you can't stop shoving almonds in your face hole (like me), that monounsaturated fat in almonds is easily broken down and taken up by fat cells.

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on January 21, 2013
at 05:17 PM

Trader Joe's sells them in individual packages in cause you would like a "binge-stopper" solution for almond

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on January 21, 2013
at 05:06 PM

Why are almonds necessary for a healthy diet? Also, I thought that paleo folk generally endorse monounsaturated fats to promote weight loss?

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532cfd279d793e8fcc23b9f6d91dde5c

(1981)

on January 21, 2013
at 04:32 PM

Almonds, and all other nuts, are a binge-trigger for me. They are delicious, but something I generally avoid because I have a hard time limiting my consumption.

I don't think that they are necessary for a healthy diet, and they definitely make it harder for me to lose weight. Most of the fat in almonds is monounsaturated, which is the type fat cells most love to store, so that doesn't help either.

532cfd279d793e8fcc23b9f6d91dde5c

(1981)

on January 21, 2013
at 05:29 PM

I said I DON'T think they're necessary for a healthy diet. And I do agree that MUFAs can aid in weight loss, especially abdominal fat loss, if you are eating a surplus of energy because you can't stop shoving almonds in your face hole (like me), that monounsaturated fat in almonds is easily broken down and taken up by fat cells.

0b7c3e7fd96005f0b2dfd781e512fc2e

(1237)

on January 21, 2013
at 05:06 PM

Why are almonds necessary for a healthy diet? Also, I thought that paleo folk generally endorse monounsaturated fats to promote weight loss?

06ca9c524c28bc3fba95d4d90f8f43c6

on January 21, 2013
at 06:57 PM

Same here, a jar of nut butter does NOT last long in the house!

86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

(2312)

on January 21, 2013
at 05:17 PM

Trader Joe's sells them in individual packages in cause you would like a "binge-stopper" solution for almond

532cfd279d793e8fcc23b9f6d91dde5c

(1981)

on January 21, 2013
at 05:30 PM

"BUT if you are eating a surplus of energy..."

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on December 10, 2014
at 02:44 PM

It is very easy to over-eat almonds or any nuts, especially if they are roasted and salted. 20 almonds (about a handful) have about 160 calories, the same as about 2 eggs, or a small donut. They aren't as filling and you can snarf down a bag of them if you aren't careful. You can easily eat 5 handfulls of almonds but would you eat 5 donuts or 10 eggs?

When I first went Paleo I had the munchies due to change in diet and going low carb and developed quite the salted almond habit.  Looking back it was a crutch and I probably ate 10-20% of my daily calories as nuts and this probably slowed down my weight loss a lot.

Now when I have nuts I eat them raw (not roasted or salted) and usually chopped up in something else, for example I mix up a sort of granola which includes some chopped almonds.

Our Paleo ancestors probably ate nuts but probably ate them pretty sparingly since they are relatively hard to harvest by hand, you need to pick and disassemble some kind of fruit or berry and dig down to get the nuts.  I doubt they ate a pound of nuts at a time.

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on January 22, 2013
at 12:50 AM

I seem to stall from dropping fat when I eat any nuts - seeds seem fine, especially if soaked, but nuts, aw nuts! Can't have 'em if I want to slim down.

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on January 21, 2013
at 05:55 PM

Thanks for all of the input! I'm going to try to cut them out of my diet for the next couple days and see what happens!

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on January 21, 2013
at 05:36 PM

Like most nuts, almonds are high in omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids. So eating them is not recommended if you are watching your omega-3/omega-6 ratio. Read the case for having a balanced omega ratio and decide for yourself: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/nuts-omega-6-fats/ But even if you do place a lot of importance on this, eating almonds shouldn't hurt as long as you limit yourself. They do have many benefits, after all. 1 oz a day sounds like a better bet.

I would place almonds among the healthiest nuts (along with macadamia, hazelnuts and chestnuts).

  • They have an alkalizing rather than acidic effect on the body http://rense.com/1.mpicons/acidalka.htm
  • They contain lots vitamin E, which I've noticed some paleo diets are lacking. You'll notice that a lot of skin care products have almond in them, because vit E is an antioxidant and good for the skin.
  • Source of manganese and potassium :)

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on January 21, 2013
at 05:08 PM

Almonds (and other nuts) are my weakness. I usually had around 1-2 ounces about 3-4 times per week and my fat loss stalled. I then took them out of my diet completely and it seemed to help me keep going in the right direction again. Sometimes, I'll have 5 or 6 a few times a month if I feel like I need a few, but I try to avoid them because I tend to overeat nuts in general.

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on January 21, 2013
at 04:42 PM

I had the same issue... they helped me lose weight because I would eat 10-20 or so raw almonds and drank some water (the water expands the fiber in the nuts and makes you feel full). I did this everyday between lunch and dinner... but when my weight loss stalled I cut back to doing this 5 days a week and eating celery stick on the other two days instead... worked like a charm :)

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on January 21, 2013
at 04:27 PM

I eat 12 to 20 raw whole almonds a day and am actually dipping a little under target weight over the last month. Gotta up the overall calories a little. In any case, at least for me, almonds are certainly not a weight gain catalyst.

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