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Almonds - Too Much of a Good Thing?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created September 02, 2011 at 1:16 AM

My boyfriend and I eat a lot of almonds. He uses nut butter as a way to refuel after tough workouts (I don't, I hate almond butter and other nut butters are too expensive) and I use an almond/coconut flour as a coating for the faux-fried foods I do about once a week. He's concerned that we're getting too many poly-6s from all the almonds, is there any merit to this argument or should we be using different nuts?

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on January 24, 2013
at 06:11 PM

wait, what is the benefit to soaking them?

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on January 24, 2013
at 04:48 PM

This doesn't answer or address the original question.

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on October 27, 2011
at 03:31 PM

Maj - answer my question about vitamin E and almonds!! Maybe if a new answer comes through I can "accept" one.

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on October 27, 2011
at 11:43 AM

However, u also have 125% of daily RDA vitamin E which will render those omega-6s harmless and 70% of daily RDA magnesium which can improve bunch of stuff. Not to mention that extra IP6 is probably very beneficial for man.

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on September 04, 2011
at 03:46 PM

Hi Julianne, I use hazelnut meal for most of our "cookies" and other baked goods because I like the texture, I haven't seen any macadamia nut products in our area. Can I get them online? Are they expensive?

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on September 02, 2011
at 09:43 PM

As well as macadamia, both Hazelnuts and cashews have less omega 6 than almonds

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on September 02, 2011
at 05:01 AM

Grenadine. You certainly are correct. Thanks. In the nut family almonds are 2nd best to only macadamias. If nuts are to be eaten why not off-set the phytic acid by soaking? I would contend it's silly to mitigate the almond to 1 variable and dismiss the benefits of the whole food with it's anti-oxidizing qualities. To further answer your question Lena...no I don't think you should change to a different nut butter and as I said iF you want to continue eating them then soak them for the full benefit.

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on September 02, 2011
at 03:56 AM

soaking almonds does nothing to alter the lipid profile.

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on September 02, 2011
at 02:14 AM

It is quite possible he is getting too much omega 6 from almonds. You get a whopping 12 grams omega 6 per 100 grams (3.5oz) of almonds. That is more omega 6 than you need for an entire day.

See charts here: http://paleozonenutrition.wordpress.com/2011/05/10/omega-6-and-3-in-nuts-oils-meat-and-fish-tools-to-get-it-right/

Macadamia nuts are far better.

Being a seed - they can also be a gut irritant in some people. E.g. almonds and other nuts and seeds are best avoided if you have auto-immune issues. Nuts and seeds protect themselves from being eaten by animals. Macadamia have a very hard shell to get through, so the nut itself is less irritant than an almond, which protects itself with anti-nutrients. (Not nearly as bad as grass / gluten seeds for anti-nutrients though)

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on October 27, 2011
at 03:31 PM

Maj - answer my question about vitamin E and almonds!! Maybe if a new answer comes through I can "accept" one.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on October 27, 2011
at 11:43 AM

However, u also have 125% of daily RDA vitamin E which will render those omega-6s harmless and 70% of daily RDA magnesium which can improve bunch of stuff. Not to mention that extra IP6 is probably very beneficial for man.

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on September 02, 2011
at 01:26 AM

You should write down a few days worth of food and input it into fitday.com to see how many PUFAs your eating each day. According to Ray Peat (PUFA expert) we need to keep o6 fats under 4 grams a day. Other paleo/primal authors/bloggers say to stay under 10 grams a day. Tweak your diet if you need to. Macadamia nuts are a good alternative to almonds, and they are low in PUFAS.

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on January 24, 2013
at 06:24 PM

Raw almonds are a great source of energy. Moderation, Moderation, Moderation.

Apricot kernels, apple seeds, plum kernels. All were eaten by Paleo's.

Animal meat was much more difficult to come by, than nuts, seeds, foliage, and dirt.

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on October 27, 2011
at 04:07 AM

Martin Berkhan of Leangains mentions this as do other fitness ppl etc and there does seem to be some truth to it. I have a pretty high metabolism and I can't eat piles of almonds every day.

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on September 02, 2011
at 02:59 AM

If you want to keep eating them you can try soaking them. From Mark Sisson below...

When I make nut butter, I like to soak raw nuts (almonds being my favorite, of course) in some salt water overnight. Some people choose to soak a full 24 hours. Right after they???re done soaking, it???s crucial to thoroughly dry them. The best ways to ensure they???ll dry all the way through is to lay them out in a single, sparse layer in the sun or in a warm oven (lowest possible setting???ideally not more than 120 degrees). If you have a dehydrator or don???t mind investing in one, that???s a good route to go as well

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on September 02, 2011
at 05:01 AM

Grenadine. You certainly are correct. Thanks. In the nut family almonds are 2nd best to only macadamias. If nuts are to be eaten why not off-set the phytic acid by soaking? I would contend it's silly to mitigate the almond to 1 variable and dismiss the benefits of the whole food with it's anti-oxidizing qualities. To further answer your question Lena...no I don't think you should change to a different nut butter and as I said iF you want to continue eating them then soak them for the full benefit.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on September 02, 2011
at 03:56 AM

soaking almonds does nothing to alter the lipid profile.

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on September 02, 2011
at 09:43 PM

As well as macadamia, both Hazelnuts and cashews have less omega 6 than almonds

F40555b9be81e12c2fc460e6fa7d097c

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on September 04, 2011
at 03:46 PM

Hi Julianne, I use hazelnut meal for most of our "cookies" and other baked goods because I like the texture, I haven't seen any macadamia nut products in our area. Can I get them online? Are they expensive?

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on January 24, 2013
at 06:11 PM

wait, what is the benefit to soaking them?

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on January 24, 2013
at 04:28 PM

Making your own nut flours is easy. Just put them in your food processor & gring them up. That's it. Yes, they won't be as smooth in texture as the commercial grade, but I personally like the texture better in baked goods.

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on January 24, 2013
at 04:48 PM

This doesn't answer or address the original question.

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on October 27, 2011
at 08:50 AM

Eat almonds all you want. All above claims are exaggerated.

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