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Almonds and mold

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 28, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Hi, I have a mold allergy, and I believe I have candida (only the mold allergy is 100% certain as my doctor did a blood test, I also have low blood sugar, but he said he was jealous of my cholesterol levels and kidneys).

I've been eating nuts for a while, I soak them, but today my father got mad because he saw that my soaked hazelnuts (forgot to put them in the fridge) had quite some mold. That could explain my sinus aches when I eat them. On the other hand, if I don't eat nuts I don't know how to get enough calories (unless I eat 5 avocados and 5 eggs every day).

My question is : how in the world do I remove mold from nuts and be sure there is none left? Can cooking nuts help? I wouldn't mind doing that, then I'd finally get a snack in front of the TV again :). I could eat quinoa instead, but I'm trying to do very low carb.

Thanks!

Bf417f0ad3560adb1a5d1c155246831a

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on June 28, 2011
at 02:55 AM

Yeah, I didn't realize how badyl it sounded until after I sent it haha but it's true! I also second cleaning your system out first.

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on June 27, 2011
at 05:57 AM

Well yes, candida is possible. Or low magnesium. I have no idea, but I'm gonna up my meat a bit, up my good fats a bit. I'm also gonna reduce avocado intake as I noticed it doesn't really help, and I like meat more anyways. Thanks again grenadine!! I'm lookin at the GAPS diet, and it looks great. Probably the diet I'm gonna follow when my allergies are over and my skin has healed completely.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on June 26, 2011
at 06:32 PM

I get a weak-feeling leg-thing that I associate with candida symptoms. I don't know if it's the same feeling as you have, I've never heard/seen mentioned anywhwere -- for me it's not really a strength issue exactly, more like an deep achey heavy feeling that is particularly noticable when I'm still. I call it "Log-leg" Ha.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on June 26, 2011
at 06:30 PM

I'm glad you're feeling better :). Bone broth is something you make yourself. It's kind of a process. Basically you use bones from the stuff you eat (a whole roast chicken, for example), or you buy some from the butcher, and simmer them in water (a little vinegar will help to leach the good stuff out) from 3 hrs to 3 days. Google it, and while your at it also google the GAPS diet, if you haven't already, just because it's interesting.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on June 26, 2011
at 06:01 PM

Haha funny phrase, I stopped eating nuts because I want to clean my system first.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on June 26, 2011
at 06:00 PM

Bone broth is totally new to me, I don't even know where to look for it. I started eating only 3 eggs a day but 6 tablespoons of coconut oil, some avocados, a bigger amount of meat (half a pound every day), some olive oil, ... and now I'm feeling really good, my legs are weak but that's probably because of the switch from high- to low-carb (it's been a week on < 150g carbs now, all from vegetables). Thanks!

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on June 26, 2011
at 05:58 PM

I added coconut oil, olive oil, ... :D thanks!!

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on May 29, 2011
at 07:33 PM

It sounds as if your nuts didn't dry out enough. If they had, and were stored in a dry, cool, dark place, they shouldn't mold...maybe give it another try with extreme caution? Do you follow body ecology?

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on May 29, 2011
at 08:48 AM

It's not really blood sugar that I'm worried about now, my mood is even all the time (used to get angry or sad or frustrated very very easily, now I'm calm), I'm worried about my mold allergy. The fact that there was mold on soaked nuts after only 2 days was just... frustrating. I need calorie-dense foods. I'm thinking of eating zero fruit and using sweet potato fries and quinoa to fill me up. I bought avocados yesterday, they were not ripe, so I still had nothing to eat.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on May 28, 2011
at 06:21 PM

Thanks again for the response, it helps me out a lot. I've never thought about making protein bars, that should be handy. I'm think it's time to invest in a food dehydrator and a blender :D.

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on May 28, 2011
at 05:25 PM

oh and for adding more calories if you eat some dry coconut or us coconut oil, olive oil, butter or any nut butter you should be able to up your calories easily. I make my own version of a protein bar with dark chocolate, coconut, nuts, nut butter and protein powder and eat 1/2 bar to a full bar for added calories and fat.

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345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on May 28, 2011
at 05:23 PM

Do you have a food dehydrator?

I always soak my nuts but always dry them afterward. You can dry them in the oven but its an all day event (as low as your oven goes 150F for 10-12hrs) Mine wont go that low so I do it at 170 pretty much all day.
I'm working on getting a dehydrator as it'll be much easier.

If they are dried they shouldn't mold.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on May 28, 2011
at 06:21 PM

Thanks again for the response, it helps me out a lot. I've never thought about making protein bars, that should be handy. I'm think it's time to invest in a food dehydrator and a blender :D.

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on May 28, 2011
at 05:25 PM

oh and for adding more calories if you eat some dry coconut or us coconut oil, olive oil, butter or any nut butter you should be able to up your calories easily. I make my own version of a protein bar with dark chocolate, coconut, nuts, nut butter and protein powder and eat 1/2 bar to a full bar for added calories and fat.

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64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on May 28, 2011
at 06:51 PM

You don't need nuts. While they can be damn tasty, I'd bet that a lot of people on this site recognize the array of gut issues they can cause and generally stay away from them.

As for getting enough calories, I don't see what's wrong with 5 eggs, and you can add things like butter, coconut, meats, etc. to make up more calories.

If you want a good homemade 'bar' option, I have one on my site that comes in quite handy.... (its on the top right of the page)

http://hungryforreal.net/Recipes.php

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on June 26, 2011
at 05:58 PM

I added coconut oil, olive oil, ... :D thanks!!

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559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on May 29, 2011
at 02:30 AM

First of all, THROW THE MOLDY NUTS AWAY. They are poison now.

Soak yr (new) nuts in the fridge, and rinse them a few times..at least every 6 hours, i guess. And then dry them in the oven like Kelly says. Frankly, i've actually always felt like hazelnuts have a moldy vibe anyway.. maybe they are more mold-prone than some other nuts? I really don't know. I usually feel okay about almonds - rarely any funky flavors there.

And fwiw, I do think you SHOULD maybe try to eat 3 eggs a day, if not 5... I saw your post yesterday about the meat/fish restrictions and stuff (although 200g is prolly enough IF you can get other food in you.) ...i mean honey, you gotta EAT.

I also struggle with mysterious supposedly-candida problems, and I also know what it's like to sometimes obsess over and/or fear food. It can be really overwhelming. But avoiding eating isn't an option. I hope you can work through this rough time -- I mean, you totally can, and you will! I like Kelly's advice about the fats to get calories up, and I'd also add actual whole coconut to the list of possibilities for filling, nutritious, things to eat- if you can get them where you live. Big ol' nuts that you don't have to soak! Getting one open might take just as long, though. :)

p.s. bone-broth bone-broth bone-broth

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on June 26, 2011
at 06:00 PM

Bone broth is totally new to me, I don't even know where to look for it. I started eating only 3 eggs a day but 6 tablespoons of coconut oil, some avocados, a bigger amount of meat (half a pound every day), some olive oil, ... and now I'm feeling really good, my legs are weak but that's probably because of the switch from high- to low-carb (it's been a week on < 150g carbs now, all from vegetables). Thanks!

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on June 26, 2011
at 06:32 PM

I get a weak-feeling leg-thing that I associate with candida symptoms. I don't know if it's the same feeling as you have, I've never heard/seen mentioned anywhwere -- for me it's not really a strength issue exactly, more like an deep achey heavy feeling that is particularly noticable when I'm still. I call it "Log-leg" Ha.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on June 26, 2011
at 06:30 PM

I'm glad you're feeling better :). Bone broth is something you make yourself. It's kind of a process. Basically you use bones from the stuff you eat (a whole roast chicken, for example), or you buy some from the butcher, and simmer them in water (a little vinegar will help to leach the good stuff out) from 3 hrs to 3 days. Google it, and while your at it also google the GAPS diet, if you haven't already, just because it's interesting.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on June 27, 2011
at 05:57 AM

Well yes, candida is possible. Or low magnesium. I have no idea, but I'm gonna up my meat a bit, up my good fats a bit. I'm also gonna reduce avocado intake as I noticed it doesn't really help, and I like meat more anyways. Thanks again grenadine!! I'm lookin at the GAPS diet, and it looks great. Probably the diet I'm gonna follow when my allergies are over and my skin has healed completely.

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Bf417f0ad3560adb1a5d1c155246831a

on June 20, 2011
at 03:19 AM

I put my nuts in the freezer and that always keeps them fresh.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on June 26, 2011
at 06:01 PM

Haha funny phrase, I stopped eating nuts because I want to clean my system first.

Bf417f0ad3560adb1a5d1c155246831a

(193)

on June 28, 2011
at 02:55 AM

Yeah, I didn't realize how badyl it sounded until after I sent it haha but it's true! I also second cleaning your system out first.

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Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on May 29, 2011
at 03:13 AM

Raw nuts should be our purchased from a cooler to ensure freshness, soaked overnight, then thoroughly dehydrated. If you notice nuts triggering blood sugar symptoms, ditch them ...as others have stated, there plenty of tasty ways to get fats!

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on May 29, 2011
at 08:48 AM

It's not really blood sugar that I'm worried about now, my mood is even all the time (used to get angry or sad or frustrated very very easily, now I'm calm), I'm worried about my mold allergy. The fact that there was mold on soaked nuts after only 2 days was just... frustrating. I need calorie-dense foods. I'm thinking of eating zero fruit and using sweet potato fries and quinoa to fill me up. I bought avocados yesterday, they were not ripe, so I still had nothing to eat.

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on May 29, 2011
at 07:33 PM

It sounds as if your nuts didn't dry out enough. If they had, and were stored in a dry, cool, dark place, they shouldn't mold...maybe give it another try with extreme caution? Do you follow body ecology?

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Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

on January 27, 2013
at 03:18 PM

I believe I read somewhere that shelling them yourself is the best way to avoid mold in nuts. I'm also pretty sure I've read that all bulk nuts are contaminated.

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on January 27, 2013
at 02:45 PM

I have a severe allergy to mold, and my immunologist told me emphatically that peanuts and pistachios are the moldiest, followed by almonds. Sorry guys.

I'm hoping that soaking and then dehydrating is the answer, but I'm still looking for a medical or nutrition professional to verify this.

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on December 13, 2012
at 06:46 AM

I react to mold/yeast in a rather unique way. As an initial symptom of food-borne exposure mold causes my periodontal ligaments to weaken allowing me to move my teeth slightly with my tongue. Based on my experience the only nuts that aren't really susceptible to mold when in their whole form (shelled or not) are almonds. Pistachios are a close second (i.e. there is only very slight contamination)- likely because they are processed quickly and coated with salt. I have tried walnuts in the shell before, but even if they aren't rattling around there still seems to be some contamination occurring, likely through the hole at the apex of the shell (plus I can usually see bloom on the shell - ick!). Almonds - yes. Toss the rest.

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on May 28, 2012
at 01:16 AM

Here is an easy way to treat almonds or any nuts -- let them soak over night in water and vitamin c (ascorbic acid) if you don't have it powder form crush some in a grinder. Make sure it is pure ascorbic acid you would be amazed the some Vitamin C has lots of other fillers. Anyway let them soak, rinse off and pat dry and then lay them out on cookie sheet or roast them.

When all cool then store them in a air tight container. You can use Vitamin C powder on anything and I have not gotten in the habit of sprinkling on fruit and salads. For example, if you wash strawberrys for example and then sprinkle some vitamin C, not only does it taste great the Vitamin C acts like a preservative and they last a bit longer staying fresh.. just a sprinkle or 1/8 tsp is fine.. You can read her book or down load for free the PDF written by Dr. Hulda Clark. She was amazing (she passed away a few years ago.)

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