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This is from the Paleo Diet website, so you know it has an agenda. But it makes sense to me -- what about you?

http://paleodietlifestyle.com/are-nuts-and-seeds-healthy/

Grains and legumes are king when it comes to anti-nutrients, lectins, enzyme inhibitors and toxic proteins, but some nuts and seeds use similar defense mechanisms. Of course, unlike some very nasty plant proteins (e.g. gluten), long-term damage and autoimmunity is unlikely to happen from eating nuts and seeds.

Lectins in some nuts and seeds can irritate the gut lining and create inflammation and enzyme inhibitors can prevent the full digestion of the proteins in them. Phytic acid is a strategy employed to prevent the nut or seed from sprouting before the ideal conditions are present. Phytic acid on our digestive system has the property of binding to minerals like calcium, iron and magnesium and preventing them from being absorbed.

The other problem when it comes to most nuts and seeds is the high amount of polyunsaturated fat (PUFA), especially the omega-6 polyunsaturated fat. Along with excess fructose and consumption of toxic grains and legumes, excess omega-6 and total PUFA intake strongly contribute to today's chronic and metabolic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and obesity.
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Are there any safe nuts? Yes, indeed. Macademia and Brazil nuts. And chestnuts, but who likes those? And you can make other nuts safe by detoxifying them in two easy steps:

1. Soak nuts and seeds overnight in salty water.
2. Rinse thoroughly and dry in sunshine. Or if you lack sunshine, pop them in a dehydrator or in the oven at the lowest temp.
3. Avoid peanuts (they are legumes, not nuts) like the plague.

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fleg wrote: Are there any safe nuts? Yes, indeed. Macademia and Brazil nuts.

Don't forget about flax seeds--my favorite. ;-)
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Don't forget about flax seeds--my favorite.

http://paleodietlifestyle.com/are-nuts-and-seeds-healthy/

Flax seeds are high in polyunsaturated fatty acids, with a total of 28.7 grams per 100 grams, most of it in omega-3 fat, contrary to other nuts. Even though they are high in omega-3 fat, the omega-3 is in the ALA form (alpha-Linolenic acid), which is a short-chain form that need to be elongated to EPA and DHA to be useful for the body. The body's mechanisms to elongate ALA to EPA and DHA are very inefficient and ALA forms of omega-3 fats are not good sources of omega-3 for us. Unless you enjoy them, don't go out of your way to eat them as they are not a great choice to get more omega-3 compared to fatty fish and grass-fed ruminant meat.
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What about hayseeds?
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And you can make other nuts safe by detoxifying them in two easy steps:

How about one easy step. Drink a beer while eating nuts.

JLC
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