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Best type of nut to boost good fats while building lean muscle?

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Best type of nut to boost good fats while building lean muscle?

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41546 · October 25, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Cashews are not legumes, they are indeed nuts. And while they are rich in omega-6 fats, humans never were meant to eat more than a few nuts a time. Carbs, well, that depends if you're restricting carbs or not, and again, don't eat so many nuts that the carbs will matter.

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690 · October 25, 2013 at 5:21 AM

Get the unsalted ones.

And the question was "Best type of nut to boost good fats while building lean muscle?" Not "Are nuts good to eat while attempting to build lean muscle"?

I still think macadamia nuts are the answer to the question as posed.

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690 · October 25, 2013 at 5:18 AM

Actually cashews are my fav but are they not peanut like "non-nuts"?

And macadamias have much lower O-6's.

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2391 · October 24, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Sorry Matt, but cashews, like most nuts, are high in omega-6 fatty acids and carbs. They're not actually nuts, either; they and peanuts are legumes.

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10234 · October 24, 2013 at 8:17 PM

The article makes hazelnuts sound like a vegetable equivalent to oysters. I'm not convinced and will continue to eat both just in case.

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10234 · October 24, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Macadamias are processed salty fatballs. The only way to produce lean muscle using macadamias is cracking them by hand. Tip: use a small sledgehammer.

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10234 · October 24, 2013 at 8:00 PM

No, roasted hazelnuts.

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41546 · October 24, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Cashews are the best, flavor matters! :)

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690 · October 24, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Except macadamias are better than most,

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10234 · October 24, 2013 at 8:11 PM

Muscles are one of 8 benefits resulting from eating hazelnuts.

http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/8-health-benefits-of-hazelnuts.html

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10234 · October 24, 2013 at 8:17 PM

The article makes hazelnuts sound like a vegetable equivalent to oysters. I'm not convinced and will continue to eat both just in case.

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598 · October 24, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Almost all nuts have very high levels of omega 6 PUFA's in addition to other antinutrients. They can still be part of a healthy balanced diet but a general rule, nuts should be consumed in moderation.

The one exception is macadamia nuts. They are almost pure "good fat" and have very little in the way of antinutrients. They're almost pure fat though so as @Matt 11 points out, even with macadamias your diet should not be nut-centric.

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41546 · October 24, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Any nut is fine really, you should be eating so much of any type for it to be an issue. A nut-centric diet is not normal or natural.

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2391 · October 24, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Sorry Matt, but cashews, like most nuts, are high in omega-6 fatty acids and carbs. They're not actually nuts, either; they and peanuts are legumes.

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690 · October 24, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Except macadamias are better than most,

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10234 · October 24, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Macadamias are processed salty fatballs. The only way to produce lean muscle using macadamias is cracking them by hand. Tip: use a small sledgehammer.

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690 · October 24, 2013 at 4:43 AM

macadamias

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10234 · October 24, 2013 at 8:00 PM

No, roasted hazelnuts.

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