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Are nuts healthy?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 17, 2012 at 6:37 AM

I usually enjoy raw almonds, but last night chose to eat roasted ones. I feel terrible, my stomach hurts, I feel fat and just awful. Does anyone have an opinion on whether nuts should even be included in the diet? Should I only eat raw nuts, or no nuts at all?

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on September 18, 2012
at 02:00 AM

I always have almonds and walnuts around. I can eat a few and am good. However, I am barely able to make it out of the store with Macadamia nuts. The last time I needed them for a recipe, I had to pay more to buy them pre-chopped. Harder to eat in the car!!!

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on September 17, 2012
at 05:14 PM

roasting + grinding gets rid of most of the antinutrients. Which is why nut butters get the pass. But eating a jar of nut butter isn't going to help the weight loss!

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on September 17, 2012
at 05:13 PM

6 brazil nuts are enough to make me want more brazil nuts! I agree 100%

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on September 17, 2012
at 03:44 PM

I dunno will power?, see I think doing paleo nuts are acceptable because you are suppose to have a "handful" and not several hands or like in my case a whole bag with 10+ servings. oh man Sprouted almonds (and then peel by pinching) in my opinion taste much better than roasted. but I just won't do them anymore, that and leaving them out of my diets for about a month and when I introduced a small handful, my digestive system basically said you! So that was the end of that.

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(10611)

on September 17, 2012
at 01:13 PM

...or maybe I'm saving them squirrel-like because they're so good with Pinot noir...

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on September 17, 2012
at 01:09 PM

I've been working on a little bag of roasted filberts for three weeks. They taste really good but I'll forget about them for days. Maybe it's the slight bitterness.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on September 17, 2012
at 12:56 PM

According to season? That's debatable.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on September 17, 2012
at 08:48 AM

Most people cannot stop. I wonder why some people CAN stop - what is different about them?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on September 17, 2012
at 08:47 AM

I would say for 95% of all the people it is very easy to overconsume them. Which means that either they have some substance that lowers your satiety levels or most of us are sensitive to them (like to gluten, grains, etc).

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on September 17, 2012
at 07:39 AM

I did not roast them, but they did not contain added oils. I did wonder about the possibility of hem being bad.

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on September 17, 2012
at 07:24 AM

did you roast them yourself? sounds like whatever oil (& other stuff, additives, salts, spices?) they were roasted in may have caused your issues? &/or, if you bought them roasted, may be they were off/bad

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on September 17, 2012
at 07:23 AM

did you roast them yourself? sounds like whatever oil (& other stuff, additives, salts, spices?) they were roasted in may have caused your issues? &/or, if you bought them roasted, may be they were 'out of date' & off/bad

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on September 17, 2012
at 07:22 AM

did you roast them yourself? sounds like whatever oil (& other stuff, additives, salts, spices?) they were roasted in may have caused your issues? &/or, if you bought them roasted, may be they were 'out of date' & off/bad For more Paleo Diet hacks: Are nuts healthy? - PaleoHacks.com http://paleohacks.com/questions/149976/are-nuts-healthy#ixzz26i2oNcLn

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on September 17, 2012
at 07:21 AM

did you roast them yourself? sounds like whatever oil (& other stuff, additives?) they were roasted in may have caused your issues? &/or, if you bought them roasted, may be they were 'out of date' & off/bad

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on September 17, 2012
at 07:21 AM

did you roast them yourself? sounds like whatever oil (& other stuff, additives?) they were roasted in may have caused your issues? &/or, if you bought them roated, may be they were 'out of date' & off/bad

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on September 17, 2012
at 07:27 AM

Here is my issue with nuts and nut butters. While almonds and some others can be extremely healthy, for me it is very easy to overconsume them. I could take down a whole jar of sunflower seed butter or almond butter in a single sitting (on the bright side, at least it's not peanut butter). I know these are a bad trigger food for me so I choose to not keep them in the house most of the time (except for the 6 Brazil nuts I eat every day).

Also, as mentioned in above, the commercially available roasted nuts are roasted in some bad stuff that you really don't want in your body.

-Matt
PhysiqueRescue.com

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on September 17, 2012
at 08:47 AM

I would say for 95% of all the people it is very easy to overconsume them. Which means that either they have some substance that lowers your satiety levels or most of us are sensitive to them (like to gluten, grains, etc).

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on September 17, 2012
at 05:13 PM

6 brazil nuts are enough to make me want more brazil nuts! I agree 100%

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05de181d71c1df6304a03566fe821d4b

on September 17, 2012
at 07:49 AM

Nuts have antinutrients such as protease inhibitors and phytic acid, roasting helps because it is just reduces it, but raw without proper preparation you will get all the antinutrients full strength.

Read here: westonaprice - Living with Phytates

I personally don't do nuts for this reason, as well I don't feel like soaking and roasting, and also they disappear when they are around me (I can't stop lol)

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(10611)

on September 17, 2012
at 01:09 PM

I've been working on a little bag of roasted filberts for three weeks. They taste really good but I'll forget about them for days. Maybe it's the slight bitterness.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on September 17, 2012
at 08:48 AM

Most people cannot stop. I wonder why some people CAN stop - what is different about them?

Medium avatar

(10611)

on September 17, 2012
at 01:13 PM

...or maybe I'm saving them squirrel-like because they're so good with Pinot noir...

05de181d71c1df6304a03566fe821d4b

(795)

on September 17, 2012
at 03:44 PM

I dunno will power?, see I think doing paleo nuts are acceptable because you are suppose to have a "handful" and not several hands or like in my case a whole bag with 10+ servings. oh man Sprouted almonds (and then peel by pinching) in my opinion taste much better than roasted. but I just won't do them anymore, that and leaving them out of my diets for about a month and when I introduced a small handful, my digestive system basically said you! So that was the end of that.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on September 17, 2012
at 05:14 PM

roasting + grinding gets rid of most of the antinutrients. Which is why nut butters get the pass. But eating a jar of nut butter isn't going to help the weight loss!

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194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on September 17, 2012
at 12:56 PM

The nut company will choose the best, freshest nuts to package as raw, and the old, starting-to-go-rancid nuts to roast in order to preserve them and cover up the rancid/stale flavor. "Product Utilization." So your roasted nuts are typically of poorer quality than your raw ones.

But strangely, I find roasted nuts to be more digestible than raw ones, but that's just me.

The other day someone I consider quite knowledgeable in the realm of health told me that "nuts are the perfect food, except that they're really hard to digest." He recommends making them easier to digest by eating them sparingly with salads.

I find nuts extremely healthy when my body is able to process them. You need a good amount of water and acid to be able to digest them well, as they are very dehydrating.

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61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on September 17, 2012
at 12:20 PM

I definitely react to the funky oils added to things like this, much in the way you describe.

This is how I deal with nuts: Before leaving for work, I put them in a bowl and cover them with water. If your kitchen isn't cool, put them in the fridge. When I get home in the afternoon, I change the water. After dinner, I drain and rinse them, then dry them with a kitchen towel. I put them in the oven at 170F (the lowest my oven will go) and dry roast them. It usually takes 8-12 hours at this temp. They are awesome, have that roasted flavor, and have none of the questionable oils. They keep for quite a long time. If you like them salted, salt them before roasting while they are still damp.

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on September 17, 2012
at 09:28 AM

I do... in moderation. That said, :) when I went on my 300 km walkabout, one of my backpack snack foods was raw Macadamia Nuts, along with canned sardines and cured unpasteurized sheep cheese.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on September 18, 2012
at 02:00 AM

I always have almonds and walnuts around. I can eat a few and am good. However, I am barely able to make it out of the store with Macadamia nuts. The last time I needed them for a recipe, I had to pay more to buy them pre-chopped. Harder to eat in the car!!!

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on September 17, 2012
at 12:54 PM

Yaa Sure. Nuts are healthy but if you eat them in limit and according to season.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on September 17, 2012
at 12:56 PM

According to season? That's debatable.

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on September 17, 2012
at 09:32 AM

Depends from person to person.

For me, if I take roasted nuts I get a really bad sore throat - they're really "heaty" for me, in Chinese medicine terms. And if I take them roasted, my poop (for lack of a better word) comes out really pencil thin and my bowels never seem to really be emptied.

I've got a huge weakness for macadamia nuts though and if they're in the house I can devour all of them at once. I just avoid nuts as much as possible.

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