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Do you have valuable things to say about nuts and seeds?

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Created June 02, 2012 at 10:46 PM

I am interested in thoughts, philosophy, and experiences regarding nuts and seeds. Are nuts and seeds paleo; i.e., do they potentially fit nicely with my genetic structure? Have you had trouble with them? Have they worked well for you?

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Thank your for your best of answers.

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It's less about the phytate content, more about knowing the difference between your mouth and a vacuum cleaner (to paraphase Robb Wolf).

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on June 03, 2012
at 12:07 AM

peanuts are legumes, not nuts

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on June 03, 2012
at 02:16 AM

I had troubles with them. They bothered my stomach. Stopped eating them.

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on June 02, 2012
at 11:22 PM

Thoughts/philosophy: Basic of the basics - plants do NOT want you to eat their children! Logic says that quite simply, nuts and seeds have no option but to discourage the rupture of their physical barriers (shells/husks etc) by chemical means. Aside from the "obvious" toxins, we have to contend with PUFA (esp n6).

Having said that, they ARE hard to resist - well, some nuts, anyway.. macadamia are "ok" but are nevertheless loaded with phytate. Nothing is perfect - and it seems animal sources are the premier source of nutrition.

I tried flax seeds for a while, but the extreme fibre content had a laxative effect - big "fluffy" stools. Sorry if this is an information excess! Worth considering for constipation short term. (Method: Soak overnight, and then blend into a pur??e, Add to a smoothie, whatever) Will not continue due to doubts about ALA conversion etc - and I prefer herring with my boiled egg...

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on June 03, 2012
at 02:45 AM

i don't have great things to say, but Chris Kresser does...

http://chriskresser.com/another-reason-you-shouldnt-go-nuts-on-nuts

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on June 03, 2012
at 03:56 AM

It's less about the phytate content, more about knowing the difference between your mouth and a vacuum cleaner (to paraphase Robb Wolf).

F31d10b54b31428e189d9b771bf7b1d1

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on June 04, 2012
at 04:44 PM

Thank your for your best of answers.

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on June 03, 2012
at 10:18 AM

Shell the nuts, yourself. This slows down the rate that you can eat them so that you are less likely to overeat on them.

I can eat a lot of almonds quite happily but it only takes a few Brazil nuts to make me feel nauseous.

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on June 02, 2012
at 11:34 PM

I eat almonds. I think they are great. Lots of fiber, protein, minerals (such as magnesisum) and vitamins (vitamin E). Just an incredibly nutrient dense snack.

I tend to avoid peanuts because so many people are highly allergic to them. That makes me cautious - just because I don't have any obvious allergic reaction doesn't mean it's not affecting me in a negative way.

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on June 03, 2012
at 12:07 AM

peanuts are legumes, not nuts

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