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Nuts in stool - normal or a sign I shouldn't eat them?

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Created May 14, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Anytime I eat nuts of any sort, there are always chunks of it throughout my stool. It's not just a few pieces here and there, it's like having polka dotted poo. I think this is fairly common, but I'm wondering if it means I don't digest them well and should generally avoid them, or if it's totally fine/normally and I shouldn't be concerned about how they might be digested.

Should I interpret the nuts in my stool to mean anything, or is it meaningless?

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1232 · May 25, 2013 at 11:46 AM

It means they weren't digested, so somewhere in the process of digestion they were rejected. Are you chewing your nuts properly? Digestion starts in the mouth!

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19120 · April 02, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Peanuts are not paleo as they are legumes and highly allergenic. Stick with the almonds and true nuts and seeds. :-)

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4991 · October 18, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Look at this link http://www.thenourishinggourmet.com/2008/07/soaking-nuts.html And it has been done for a VERY long time http://www.academia.edu/803910/Hazelnut_economy_of_early_Holocene_hunter-gatherers_a_case_study_from_Mesolithic_Duvensee_northern_Germany

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1173 · October 18, 2012 at 5:40 AM

how can you? nothing will be taken up into your body if it doesn't get broken down first by chewing (then enzymes etc)

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340 · June 20, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Also, I'm curious what type of intestinal transplant you had that prevents you from eating raw veggies. Thanks.

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340 · June 20, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Wolverine, I've heard similar things about eating plantains, yellow and ripe plaintains, that is. Do you think eating ripe plantains is bad? Is it because of the cellulose?

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1017 · May 15, 2012 at 12:05 AM

Thanks for the details, can you just soak them in normal water or do you have to add salt in order for it to do anything?

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1017 · May 15, 2012 at 12:04 AM

Literally just let them sit in water?

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1017 · May 15, 2012 at 12:04 AM

Do you actually get any nutritional value out of it if no chewing happens?

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1017 · May 15, 2012 at 12:03 AM

No I mean I actually rinse off my poo and eat the nut pieces. Just kidding! I can see how my title was a little shocking if not read properly...coulda worded it better.

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41471 · May 14, 2012 at 7:43 PM

LOL Ralph, I read the question myself and was a little disturbed until I reread it.

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20411 · May 14, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Yes. Consider chewing.

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2053 · May 14, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Be sure that you only eat them once, as whole nuts. I was shocked when I read the title to your question.

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1607 · May 14, 2012 at 5:54 PM

I have the same thing. I think nuts are largely indigestable. They come out looking like chewed-up nuts. But think of it this way. Nuts and seeds are designed to be this way. You (or a bird, or whatever) eats a nut/seed, and once it passes, it can take to the soil and germinate to grow into a plant.

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19220 · May 14, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Agreed, not enough chewing. If you swallow chunks of nuts you will poop out chunks of nuts :)

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8757 · May 14, 2012 at 5:30 PM

I'd say you aren't chewing them first and foremost or they wouldn't be so large, and second your body isnt able to digest them because they aren't chewed enough.

Try 'consciously' chewing them and see if that changes anything. If not, I'd say try grinding them into a smaller size, chew and see again....if not, no nuts for you if its causing you distress! (although you didnt really say they are causing you any digestive distress, but I'm betting they could in time!)

Anything not digested at the end of your digestion is likely something you need to chew more or determine if your body just can't handle it.

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19220 · May 14, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Agreed, not enough chewing. If you swallow chunks of nuts you will poop out chunks of nuts :)

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100 · May 14, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Humans cannot digest the cellulose in all plants, which is why eating raw vegetables is useless. If you are eating raw nuts, this will be tough on your digestive system. I prepare any nuts by first soaking them in a bowl of salt water for about 8 hours (this reduces the phytic acid and other anti-nutrients), then slow roast them in the oven at a low temperature (150?? F or less) for another 8 -12 hours.

At this point they will be more digestible. It is a lot of work, but the only way you will get any nutrition from the nuts and not damage your intestines. I usually put them in a frying pan with butter and heat them just enough to melt the butter and coat the nuts and then salt them. No food should pass undigested through the colon - we were not designed for that. High fiber diets are misguided and not as healthy as they have been marketed.

Cellulose is the cell membrane of most plants and is an indigestible carbohydrate. Ruminant animals have bacteria in their stomachs to help them digest cellulose, humans do not. Ruminants also chew their food several time, regurgitating it as "cud" - humans do not have that capability. We can, however, break down the cellulose by cooking vegetables or fermenting them. Otherwise, we get very little from raw vegetables. Since my intestinal transplant, my intestines are extremely sensitive and I cannot even eat salads anymore. I can digest raw fruits, but not vegetables. I cook or ferment all my vegetables.

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1017 · May 15, 2012 at 12:05 AM

Thanks for the details, can you just soak them in normal water or do you have to add salt in order for it to do anything?

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340 · June 20, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Also, I'm curious what type of intestinal transplant you had that prevents you from eating raw veggies. Thanks.

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340 · June 20, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Wolverine, I've heard similar things about eating plantains, yellow and ripe plaintains, that is. Do you think eating ripe plantains is bad? Is it because of the cellulose?

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50 · October 18, 2012 at 4:58 AM

Yeah you're supposed to chew nuts before swallowing them. That's the problem. And whoever was talking about eating raw vegetables being useless because of the cellulose, you're a little misinformed. It goes back to the chewing thing. CHEWING vegetables will break down much of the cellulose and allow you to absorb the nutrients. So no, eating raw vegetables is NOT useless.

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11048 · May 14, 2012 at 5:29 PM

It means your digestive system is working properly! Your body doesn't break down the nuts any farther than you have chewed them.

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71 · April 02, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Bear grills once rinsed off bear poop to eat the nuts and seeds in the poop. True story.

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0 · June 16, 2013 at 5:22 AM

Things that we eat, like nuts, is whats helping our insides move along. Flush everything out! in a way...that's what I have always thought at least. And it's a fact that nuts are a great sorce of many nutrients! Almonds...MMMMMMMMMMM!

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0 · May 25, 2013 at 8:02 AM

Hi usually grind all sort of nuts until very fine, almost butter-like texture. Still, they come out same as I put them in! Also, being vegan, I have been soaking them throughout the night and dehydrate them with the food dehydrator at low temp, then grind them (so my little 3 y.o. could eat them as well), still, they pass on to my stool same as put in! So yes, perhaps soaking them eliminate or revitalise those enzymes which make them indigestible BUT that has nothing to do with breaking them down entirely!!!

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0 · April 02, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Thanks everyone - good to know!!!....I too eat lots of peanuts and almonds I was concerned that maybe I had a tape worm and I was passing bits/eggs.... oy!!!! I'll lay off the nuts for a few days and see if that makes a difference!!!

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19120 · April 02, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Peanuts are not paleo as they are legumes and highly allergenic. Stick with the almonds and true nuts and seeds. :-)

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2944 · October 18, 2012 at 11:22 AM

It might be normal and a sign you wouldn't want to eat them. Normal isn't ideal, or necessarily good at all.

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1173 · October 18, 2012 at 5:35 AM

I chew them until they feel like liquid in my mouth and they still come out in pieces, so my belief is that they don't digest well.

so I would say: normal AND a sign you shouldn't eat them

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0 · June 20, 2012 at 7:26 AM

lmao... this was a funny thread. I once went to a chinese herbalist who said my body was "cold" and I needed to eat more "warm" foods... yeah, I'll spare you the details... anyways she said because of this I wasn't digesting all my food the way I was meant to... But I have the same problem as well.

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1294 · May 14, 2012 at 6:45 PM

You could soak them first, some folks claim that removes the chemicals that make them undigestible.

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1017 · May 15, 2012 at 12:04 AM

Literally just let them sit in water?

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4991 · October 18, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Look at this link http://www.thenourishinggourmet.com/2008/07/soaking-nuts.html And it has been done for a VERY long time http://www.academia.edu/803910/Hazelnut_economy_of_early_Holocene_hunter-gatherers_a_case_study_from_Mesolithic_Duvensee_northern_Germany

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272 · May 14, 2012 at 7:37 PM

It's normal. I'll spare you the details. It's normal. :)

Chew more. Chew less. Swallow them whole if you want. It happens.

I used to eat walnuts "for my health" -- but I hate their flavor. So I'd break them into small pices and swallow them like "jagged little pills".

They came out like "jagged little pills" too.

Perfectly normal.

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1017 · May 15, 2012 at 12:04 AM

Do you actually get any nutritional value out of it if no chewing happens?

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1173 · October 18, 2012 at 5:40 AM

how can you? nothing will be taken up into your body if it doesn't get broken down first by chewing (then enzymes etc)

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