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Are nuts and seeds like grains?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 18, 2012 at 1:43 AM

I know that grains protect themselves from being eaten by having a hard outer shell and by producing anti-nutrients, but are nuts and seeds the same way? How do we know they're not just as bad? PS, I'm not a skeptic. I'm just a curious paleo with a legit question

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Both are loaded with phytates, though, if I recall correctly. I dunno, there is some logic to comparing grains to nuts and seeds, once the hulls and shells are removed.

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on July 18, 2012
at 02:18 AM

Grains don't have a particularly hard outer shell. They're pretty soft and easy to physically get to (albeit small). Nuts and seed have much harder shells, plus many of them have animals like squirrels gathering, hiding, and forgetting them, so evolutionarily speaking they have less "need" for anti-nutrients than grains and pseudo-cereals.

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on July 18, 2012
at 05:26 AM

Both are loaded with phytates, though, if I recall correctly. I dunno, there is some logic to comparing grains to nuts and seeds, once the hulls and shells are removed.

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on July 18, 2012
at 06:46 PM

The problem with grains (wheat/barley/rye) is the proteins (gluten, et al) that can cause gut irritation/leaky gut potentially leading to autoimmune issues.

The problem with most nuts is a high level of n6 fatty acids that are fine in small quantities, but if you base your food pyramid on nuts, the excess n6 leads to chronic systemic inflammation, which is all around bad news.

The current paleo thinking is that nuts are fine (even healthy) in small quantities (like a handful per day). Wheat (and barley and rye) are playing with fire. You could be a person that digests wheat with no ill effects, but then again, maybe not.

Also, grains generally have little nutritional value (or none, if processed). Nuts actually have a good amount of vitamins/minerals, especially vitamin E and magnesium.

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