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Too many almonds?

Answered on December 05, 2013
Created December 05, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Okay so i'm new to the forum so hello! :) but here's my question. Is it possible to eat too many nuts (almonds) I realized I do eat a lot of almonds trying to get my calories filled in before bed by snacking on nuts usually about 3 servings so that's about 72 almonds, and it just sounds unhealthy. So lately I've been trying to limit my almond in take to about 1 serving a day. Any advice if I've screwed up my system. And also any good snack ideas?

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on December 05, 2013
at 09:53 PM

Who says a balanced and varied diet can't involve 3 servings of almonds (which are extremely nutrient dense). Seriously you want to tell the guy not to eat 3 servings of almonds because it's not varied enough? What should he eat instead then, paleo cookies? Stop being a food Nazi, the OP is eating almonds, that IS healthy. Let's keep THAT in perspective.

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on December 05, 2013
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The question is not if some nuts are good for you, the question is if 72 almonds every day is good for you compared to a more balanced and varied diet. Let's keep it in perspective.

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on December 05, 2013
at 10:00 PM

If you have to ask, the answer is yes.

Really wish paleo rule #1 was 'eat a varied diet.'

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on December 05, 2013
at 08:10 PM

Nuts are probably the best snack you could have. If you are truly picky about what kind of fats you consume, go for macadamias (no phytic acid and almost no polyunsaturated fat) or hazelnuts (low in unsaturated fat). However, almonds are probably one of the best snacks available. Don't freak out about eating nuts, some people on this site make it sound like nuts will kill you with their "evil" phytic acid and unsaturated fats, it's kind of silly. Eat almonds, they're good for you.

And don't base your diet on what "sounds" healthy, health has nothing to do with how something sounds, or looks for that matter. Also, I discourage shoving food into your mouth to meet "calorie goals", eat if hungry but don't eat when not hungry.

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on December 05, 2013
at 09:36 PM

The question is not if some nuts are good for you, the question is if 72 almonds every day is good for you compared to a more balanced and varied diet. Let's keep it in perspective.

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on December 05, 2013
at 04:38 PM

Sounds like too many nuts. I don't buy into the anti nutrient almond thing as many do. The research isn't really clear, if in fact you can find any. I vary the kind of nuts I eat and don't have nearly that much in a day. Snack on GS apples, jerky, coconut, eggs.

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on December 05, 2013
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Too much of anything is not good for you. The thing with almonds is they are a seed that doesn't want to be eaten (phytic acid, lectins) and they contain mostly unsaturated fat which goes rancid easily. They may well have some benefit with the nutrients they contain but as some point, probably way before the amount you are eating, you will have gotten all the nutrients you need and the downside of eating large amounts of potentially rancid oil is a main issue. Have you screwed up your system? Depends on you, we can't answer that. Does your system feel screwed up? Probably cutting back will unscrew it. Personally, I find my system does not like heavy nut consumption at all. I don't feel good if I eat a lot of nuts. There are other ways to add calories like, avocado, coconut oil, etc.

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on December 05, 2013
at 03:56 PM

Are you soaking and drying them first? That makes a difference for me. Still I don't overdo--as I could eat them all day, yum! Even with soaking some of the anti-nutrients are present, but to my understanding greatly reduced by the soaking process.

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