Newbie - Are seeds as good as nuts?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 06, 2012 at 6:22 PM

I love sunflower seeds and seasame seeds...are these still allowable?



on March 09, 2012
at 03:44 AM

depends on the quantity ...

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on March 06, 2012
at 06:39 PM

They're pretty bad for O6. But sure you can eat them in moderation. Note, moderation = single ounce and not big bags range. "Loving them" usually precludes that since it's extremely easy to overeat.



on March 06, 2012
at 06:38 PM

Seeds and nuts are allowed even under the most paleo-puritanistic idealism with moderation. "Indulge" may be too strong a word, but feel free to incorporate them into your lifestyle.

You may find that generally most nuts have a slightly more attractive fatty acid profile than most seeds, but -- except for the awesome outliers like coconut -- they are generally at about the same level of healthiness with respect to FAs. Some nut oils like macadamia and walnut are particular good for you, too, whereas seed oils tend to be not so great with respect to desired FA profile.

FWIW, I use tons of tahini when I make baba ghanoush. Yum!

For further study, search PH for info about desired Omega 3 : 6 ratio.



on March 06, 2012
at 07:46 PM

The more of any food you want to eat the more you need to worry about how you treat them. I eat pistachios at Christmas, I eat a lot for 2-3 days and then not for the rest of the year. So I don't care really. If I was going to make nuts a daily thing I'd consider looking at cultures that ate more nuts treated them.

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