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Nuts and IBD - are some nuts worse than others?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 25, 2012 at 10:46 PM

To be honest, I don't usually care for nuts. But I found that the Trader Joe's unshelled pistachio nuts were to die for... almost literally... and I rampaged through the bag in no time flat.

And ended up nearly destroying my gut (short term, I hope). It's taken about three months to get back to normal, and I'm still over-cautious. After all, this was just from one bag over about five days.

I'm not entirely sure this was the only problem; I've also given up grapefruit which I also consumed a lot of during that period -- the pulp went through my system unchanged.

Nuts DO have a role as a trigger for this, I understand. But would ALL nuts be implicated, if one type is? I would like to use almond meal or almond milk in my cooking, but I'm now afraid to do so.

Thoughts, perspectives? Thanks in advance.

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on July 25, 2012
at 11:35 PM

(At that point, I -- and my doctor -- simply chalked it up to "stress". I didn't consider diet then.)

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on July 25, 2012
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My digestion has been absolutely fine for years until this happened. I did have issues back in college, but I'm 58 years old now. (Indeed, back then it could have been my hot dog and pasta diet, which I mentioned in another post...) It came full-sprung out of the blue. I don't eat nuts often, and mostly hardly at all, but that session of eating them probably was equivalent to the three years past, in total.

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on July 25, 2012
at 11:30 PM

Nuts, like grains have phytic acid in them that robs you of nutrients and can be difficult to digest. You can soak and re-dry your nuts/seeds. Make "crispy nuts" to lower the Phytic acid content

http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/2010/04/21/how-to-make-crispy-nuts-to-reduce-phytic-acid/

Yes some nuts are worse than others as far as Phytic acid..a google search may help with that.

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on July 25, 2012
at 11:29 PM

From someone with IBD, it is more so the actual nut or seed or skin itself that destroys me. Almond butter (creamy) and the what not have been fine. BUT the problem with those of us with Crohn's disease and Ulcerative Colitis, what may be a trigger food with one person does not irritate the next. I can not eat nuts, shells or skins, but I have a friend who has UC as well and she can eat them with no issues.

The best option we have is trial and error.

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on July 25, 2012
at 11:12 PM

How is your digestion otherwise?

Seems like you could benefit from some digestive enyzmes and/or HCL/Betaine.

457027ce8ff067aed8e771a0da404222

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on July 25, 2012
at 11:35 PM

(At that point, I -- and my doctor -- simply chalked it up to "stress". I didn't consider diet then.)

457027ce8ff067aed8e771a0da404222

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on July 25, 2012
at 11:31 PM

My digestion has been absolutely fine for years until this happened. I did have issues back in college, but I'm 58 years old now. (Indeed, back then it could have been my hot dog and pasta diet, which I mentioned in another post...) It came full-sprung out of the blue. I don't eat nuts often, and mostly hardly at all, but that session of eating them probably was equivalent to the three years past, in total.

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