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2nd best Paleo Nut/seed?

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Created February 18, 2011 at 4:02 PM

OK I know Macadamian nuts are the 1st choice b/c of omega break down. What would be the next best nut/seed?

5841391284e7af8c495c54bd90d3a795

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on February 19, 2011
at 01:35 AM

@Oliverh - Cashews are not legumes. According to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cashew) the shell of the cashew (which I've never seen on any cashews sold) has some nasty chemicals related to poison ivy. It doesn't appear that much is left after processing.

Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

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on February 18, 2011
at 05:07 PM

How is it way down the list if it has a favorable Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio?

Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

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on February 18, 2011
at 05:05 PM

These totals don't mention the ratio of Omega 6s to Omega 3s. For example, while you note that almonds have less Omega 6s than walnuts, walnuts have a better ratio.

Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

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on February 18, 2011
at 05:01 PM

These totals don't mention the ratio of Omega 6s to Omega 3s. For example, while you note that almonds have less Omega 6s than walnuts, walnuts have a better ratio (10:1).

Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

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on February 18, 2011
at 04:53 PM

Perhaps I was confusing it as a great nut with it being a great oil that's high in Omega 3s.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on February 18, 2011
at 04:49 PM

I say nix the nuts and seeds entirely. Lectin load, cravings, stalls etc... and we can get better nutrition from Meats and Veggies.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on February 18, 2011
at 04:47 PM

chestnuts are about 440mg omega6 per 100g. relatively low. also a high carb nut

9e7039b63b656582f66d84c5255b436d

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on February 18, 2011
at 04:42 PM

what about seeds too??

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on February 18, 2011
at 04:40 PM

What about chestnuts???

A18481e4b0edc283d5a84a2321001c79

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on February 18, 2011
at 04:38 PM

Yes, I love cashews, but my trainer who has me on a strict paleo diet says to nix the cashews.

9e7039b63b656582f66d84c5255b436d

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on February 18, 2011
at 04:36 PM

I thought cashews were legumes, like peanuts. Maybe I am wrong, I am pretty sure most people don't allow them.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on February 18, 2011
at 04:35 PM

if youre worried about carbs, presumably for leaning out, id avoid nuts entirely. Cashews are about 10g per ounce.

9055f14c31610afd4d3068ec48eb6d90

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on February 18, 2011
at 04:28 PM

This may be a stupid question-- i know all nuts contain carbs -- but aren't cashew very high in carbs?

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on February 18, 2011
at 04:21 PM

unfortunately, they not only arent next best, theyre way down the list. in addition, theyre one of the highest in Tannins.not something that sits friendly on most peoples digestion.

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4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

on February 18, 2011
at 04:20 PM

Presuming you wont allow the CocoNUT, then from an Omega 6 standpoint, here are 1/4 cup totals

Macadamias ??? 0.5 g

Cashews ??? 2.6 g

Hazelnuts ??? 2.7 g

Pistachio ??? 4.1 g

Almonds ??? 4.36 g

Pecans ??? 5.8 g

Brazil nuts ??? 7.2 g

Walnuts ??? 9.5 g

Pine nuts ??? 11.6 g

Melissa's additions

European Chestnuts- 0.2775 grams (Asian chestnuts have even less)

Ginko nuts are about equal to chestnuts.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on February 18, 2011
at 04:49 PM

I say nix the nuts and seeds entirely. Lectin load, cravings, stalls etc... and we can get better nutrition from Meats and Veggies.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on February 18, 2011
at 04:47 PM

chestnuts are about 440mg omega6 per 100g. relatively low. also a high carb nut

9055f14c31610afd4d3068ec48eb6d90

(984)

on February 18, 2011
at 04:28 PM

This may be a stupid question-- i know all nuts contain carbs -- but aren't cashew very high in carbs?

9e7039b63b656582f66d84c5255b436d

(1132)

on February 18, 2011
at 04:42 PM

what about seeds too??

9e7039b63b656582f66d84c5255b436d

(1132)

on February 18, 2011
at 04:36 PM

I thought cashews were legumes, like peanuts. Maybe I am wrong, I am pretty sure most people don't allow them.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on February 18, 2011
at 04:40 PM

What about chestnuts???

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on February 18, 2011
at 04:35 PM

if youre worried about carbs, presumably for leaning out, id avoid nuts entirely. Cashews are about 10g per ounce.

Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

(1906)

on February 18, 2011
at 05:01 PM

These totals don't mention the ratio of Omega 6s to Omega 3s. For example, while you note that almonds have less Omega 6s than walnuts, walnuts have a better ratio (10:1).

5841391284e7af8c495c54bd90d3a795

(2764)

on February 19, 2011
at 01:35 AM

@Oliverh - Cashews are not legumes. According to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cashew) the shell of the cashew (which I've never seen on any cashews sold) has some nasty chemicals related to poison ivy. It doesn't appear that much is left after processing.

A18481e4b0edc283d5a84a2321001c79

(50)

on February 18, 2011
at 04:38 PM

Yes, I love cashews, but my trainer who has me on a strict paleo diet says to nix the cashews.

Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

(1906)

on February 18, 2011
at 05:05 PM

These totals don't mention the ratio of Omega 6s to Omega 3s. For example, while you note that almonds have less Omega 6s than walnuts, walnuts have a better ratio.

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7d64d3988de1b0e493aacf37843c5596

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on February 18, 2011
at 04:48 PM

Ned Kock at Health Correlator has a good breakdown: http://healthcorrelator.blogspot.com/2010/12/nuts-by-numbers-should-you-eat-them-and.html

Almonds would be my next choice, all things considered (not looking strictly at omega-6).

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on November 13, 2012
at 12:19 AM

If it looks like a nut, has a nutritional profile like a nut and you eat it like a nut, I call it a nut: pumpkin seed kernel

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Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

(1906)

on February 18, 2011
at 04:09 PM

If I recall correctly, walnuts.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on February 18, 2011
at 04:21 PM

unfortunately, they not only arent next best, theyre way down the list. in addition, theyre one of the highest in Tannins.not something that sits friendly on most peoples digestion.

Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

(1906)

on February 18, 2011
at 05:07 PM

How is it way down the list if it has a favorable Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio?

Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

(1906)

on February 18, 2011
at 04:53 PM

Perhaps I was confusing it as a great nut with it being a great oil that's high in Omega 3s.

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