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Do you choose nuts over fruit, or fruit over nuts, as a snack?

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Created January 09, 2012 at 4:28 PM

If you had a choice between eating some nuts, and eating some fruit, which would you choose? Also, which do you think is a better snack, if you only had those two choices?

Just wondering what people's perspectives on this are.

Thanks. :)

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17136 · January 10, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Oh sure, I've done various teas with coconut as well. I've been enjoying Tulsi Chai Masalas as of late. Can also do hot chocolate the same way too.

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103 · January 10, 2012 at 4:14 PM

What about tinned sardines? Or frying up some bacon and taking that with you? Fruit tends to make me hungrier due to the sugar content, and I find nuts/nut butters very addictive; I defer to Chris Kresser's article when I'm having a craving... http://chriskresser.com/another-reason-you-shouldnt-go-nuts-on-nuts

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4632 · January 10, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Yeah mac nuts are addictive. I used to be able to eat waaay more, but somehow I self regulated over time.. haha if only I could do that with other things :-p

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12540 · January 10, 2012 at 3:27 PM

*nod nod* Earl Grey with coconut cream works, too!!!

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24271 · January 10, 2012 at 1:37 AM

That's not a bad decision tree you got going there.

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37187 · January 09, 2012 at 10:28 PM

@Kent Cowgill, I'm just not a nuts person. I'm in the fruit-loving category all the way but I discipline myself not to overdo. The only nuts I like are a (very) few pecans, hazelnuts or pistacchios.

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571 · January 09, 2012 at 10:07 PM

it depends if you eat only 1 fruit, then you're probably right!

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1926 · January 09, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Friggin yum!!..

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7970 · January 09, 2012 at 9:36 PM

One and a half pecans? I've seen rats in my alley that can eat more than that.

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581 · January 09, 2012 at 6:00 PM

A lot of really good answers so far. :)

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581 · January 09, 2012 at 5:59 PM

On normal paleo days, I'd definitely go for jerky... but I'm doing the Whole30 challenge this month, and they don't allow jerky. :( I've been pretty hungry between meals lately, and my parents bought a whole bunch of fruits & nuts... hence the dilemma. :P

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581 · January 09, 2012 at 5:57 PM

"Paleo candies" -- great description! I haven't thought of them that way, but now that you mention it, I can totally see the correlation. Sweet and chewy, or sweet and crunchy, they sure are treats. Although generally more nutritious than actual candy, but still, I see your point. :)

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581 · January 09, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Yeah, nuts are like crack for me, too. I can eat a 10oz bag of pistachios by myself in one sitting -_-

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1968 · January 09, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Random comment, I've been harping on the calories a lot recently, but I'm definitely not blind to everything else, I just think nuts and fruit are both paleo candy, i.e., they shouldn't be the staple of your diet and are foods that tend to be over-eaten and cause people to have trouble. So, when it comes to paleo candies, I def. take calories into account.

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5043 · January 09, 2012 at 5:03 PM

I wish I could limit myself to just 1-2 ounces of macadamia nuts. They're like crack for me. Once I start, I can't stop.

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2171 · January 09, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Nuts! I just spilled coffee all over my desk.

But to answer your question: Nuts!

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12540 · January 09, 2012 at 5:50 PM

In general, I'm trying to learn NOT to snack. I think, for me, it messes with my body's hunger signaling system. If I nibble, my body never figures out what it feels like to be hungry, and stops signaling me at all. I choose nuts over fruit, if those are my only two choices -- but if my choices are more broad, I prefer dehydrated, spiced, roasted meat or jerky to either nuts or fruit.

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581 · January 09, 2012 at 5:59 PM

On normal paleo days, I'd definitely go for jerky... but I'm doing the Whole30 challenge this month, and they don't allow jerky. :( I've been pretty hungry between meals lately, and my parents bought a whole bunch of fruits & nuts... hence the dilemma. :P

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103 · January 10, 2012 at 4:14 PM

What about tinned sardines? Or frying up some bacon and taking that with you? Fruit tends to make me hungrier due to the sugar content, and I find nuts/nut butters very addictive; I defer to Chris Kresser's article when I'm having a craving... http://chriskresser.com/another-reason-you-shouldnt-go-nuts-on-nuts

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1926 · January 09, 2012 at 10:03 PM

I have two hands so I can hold almonds in one and a banana in the other. If I had a third it would be holding dark chocolate.

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3924 · January 09, 2012 at 7:09 PM

I never eat nuts. They have way too much oxalate and a poor Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio--two problems that are very important in my diet. I believe fruit is a healthier choice than nuts for most people, but still not a great snack option by itself because many fruits can cause blood sugar spikes and dips -- an issue for many people, including me. I will only eat fruit if it is accompanied by some good protein and fat--preferably with meat as part of my regular meal, but yogurt or a slice of cheese will do, especially if snacking. I also try to eat non-starchy fruits like berries, not bananas, when I eat fruit as a snack. Most of the time, however, I find a slice of meat is the best snack, accompanied by some re-tooling of my meal plan to make snacking unnecessary.

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573 · January 09, 2012 at 6:23 PM

I find it easier to overeat on nuts than fruit... so if I'm home, I'd choose fruit. But if it's a packed snack, then nuts as I will only have a limited amount.

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40 · January 09, 2012 at 10:24 PM

My favorite is fruit, apple or banana, with nut butter! Why choose anything less.

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78422 · January 09, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Dark chocolate with burnt almonds.

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1926 · January 09, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Friggin yum!!..

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17136 · January 09, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Nuts over fruit, but these days, I find reaching for another coffee with some ghee and/or coconut oil works better to quash cravings. When I crave something salty, I tend to go for Macadamia, so beyond that, I see if I have something that would work. @Work that would mean jerky, at home, maybe I'll fry up a slice or two of bacon.

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12540 · January 10, 2012 at 3:27 PM

*nod nod* Earl Grey with coconut cream works, too!!!

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17136 · January 10, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Oh sure, I've done various teas with coconut as well. I've been enjoying Tulsi Chai Masalas as of late. Can also do hot chocolate the same way too.

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2486 · January 09, 2012 at 4:59 PM

I'm also nuts over fruit, but raw macadamias only. And thinking that each handful is $$$ helps me remember that snacking is in general a bad habit and I just need to eat more real actual food with my actual meals.

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4632 · January 09, 2012 at 4:54 PM

I do nuts now since I am lower carb and it is winter, but I also swear that macadamia nuts help me lose weight, everyday I have 1-2 ounces of them I lose weight, and they keep me really full. I also tend to eat fruit more when it is in season, so in the summer I eat much more fruit, whatever it is ripe.

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5043 · January 09, 2012 at 5:03 PM

I wish I could limit myself to just 1-2 ounces of macadamia nuts. They're like crack for me. Once I start, I can't stop.

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581 · January 09, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Yeah, nuts are like crack for me, too. I can eat a 10oz bag of pistachios by myself in one sitting -_-

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4632 · January 10, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Yeah mac nuts are addictive. I used to be able to eat waaay more, but somehow I self regulated over time.. haha if only I could do that with other things :-p

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24271 · January 09, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Since I eat low carb nuts would win out for me as they fit into my plan much better. I stick to macadamia nuts because they are simply perfection but will eat some walnuts/pecans/almonds that have been sprouted.

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571 · January 09, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Nuts are high in pufa, ??6 and phytic acid and easy to overeat.

I definitely choose fruits over nuts these days. Sugar and vitamins always sound good to me and keep me in a fed state throughout the day.

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8933 · January 09, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Taste-wise : nuts. Health-wise : fruits. I get lot of problems from nuts, not that much from fruit.

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832 · January 09, 2012 at 4:47 PM

I don't know which is better, I'd be curious to hear other answers too, but right now I go with the one I feel like eating the most at that time.

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24271 · January 10, 2012 at 1:37 AM

That's not a bad decision tree you got going there.

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8979 · January 09, 2012 at 11:41 PM

I try not to snack. If I have to, it is nuts over fruit.

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3125 · January 09, 2012 at 9:35 PM

nuts are better, fruit make you hungry latter on

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571 · January 09, 2012 at 10:07 PM

it depends if you eat only 1 fruit, then you're probably right!

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7592 · January 09, 2012 at 8:17 PM

I eat nuts over fruit but very few. I try to reach for the salami or sliced roast beef first. Fructose is not my friend--gives me cravings.

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399 · January 09, 2012 at 6:15 PM

NUTS!! but this seems to be a problem when i step onto the scale. i think that nuts are my weakest spot. i love them and cant get enough of them! whenever i pick up the bag of nuts its not too long before they are all gone.

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1968 · January 09, 2012 at 5:13 PM

I tend to choose nuts, because fruit give me some, ahem, digestive issues most of the time (plus I have some allergies).

But if that weren't the case, I'd take fruit because, just for me personally, it's fewer calories and equally addictive (i.e, if I'm going to be tempted to overdo it, better to eat three apples than a crate of almonds), though I'd shy away from the sugar-bombs no matter what because they really do give me blood sugar regulation problems (damn you, mangoes!).

Either way, they aren't foods I should approach hungry or drunk.

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581 · January 09, 2012 at 5:57 PM

"Paleo candies" -- great description! I haven't thought of them that way, but now that you mention it, I can totally see the correlation. Sweet and chewy, or sweet and crunchy, they sure are treats. Although generally more nutritious than actual candy, but still, I see your point. :)

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1968 · January 09, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Random comment, I've been harping on the calories a lot recently, but I'm definitely not blind to everything else, I just think nuts and fruit are both paleo candy, i.e., they shouldn't be the staple of your diet and are foods that tend to be over-eaten and cause people to have trouble. So, when it comes to paleo candies, I def. take calories into account.

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37187 · January 09, 2012 at 5:01 PM

I include fruit in my yogurt and as the first course in my main meal. If I feel like eating nuts, which averages once or twice per week, I break up 3 pecan halves onto the yogurt.

I snack about once a week and it's usually a can of sardines.

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7970 · January 09, 2012 at 9:36 PM

One and a half pecans? I've seen rats in my alley that can eat more than that.

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37187 · January 09, 2012 at 10:28 PM

@Kent Cowgill, I'm just not a nuts person. I'm in the fruit-loving category all the way but I discipline myself not to overdo. The only nuts I like are a (very) few pecans, hazelnuts or pistacchios.

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78422 · January 09, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Why only between those two? I would choose meat.

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0 · May 07, 2014 at 5:33 AM

For me Fruit & Nut Clusters I would prefer Apple Crisp, Cappuccino Cruch Banana Nut, and Cacao Nut.

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723 · May 06, 2014 at 1:03 AM

For me, it's fruit. I get digestive trouble from nuts, so I almost never eat them. They are also calorie-dense and easy to overeat. If I snack, it is a fibrous fruit like strawberries or small clementies.

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