I usually enjoy raw almonds, but last night chose to eat roasted ones. I feel terrible, my stomach hurts, I feel fat and just awful. Does anyone have an opinion on whether nuts should even be included in the diet? Should I only eat raw nuts, or no nuts at all?
Here is my issue with nuts and nut butters. While almonds and some others can be extremely healthy, for me it is very easy to overconsume them. I could take down a whole jar of sunflower seed butter or almond butter in a single sitting (on the bright side, at least it's not peanut butter). I know these are a bad trigger food for me so I choose to not keep them in the house most of the time (except for the 6 Brazil nuts I eat every day).
Also, as mentioned in above, the commercially available roasted nuts are roasted in some bad stuff that you really don't want in your body.
Nuts have antinutrients such as protease inhibitors and phytic acid, roasting helps because it is just reduces it, but raw without proper preparation you will get all the antinutrients full strength.
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I personally don't do nuts for this reason, as well I don't feel like soaking and roasting, and also they disappear when they are around me (I can't stop lol)
I definitely react to the funky oils added to things like this, much in the way you describe.
This is how I deal with nuts: Before leaving for work, I put them in a bowl and cover them with water. If your kitchen isn't cool, put them in the fridge. When I get home in the afternoon, I change the water. After dinner, I drain and rinse them, then dry them with a kitchen towel. I put them in the oven at 170F (the lowest my oven will go) and dry roast them. It usually takes 8-12 hours at this temp. They are awesome, have that roasted flavor, and have none of the questionable oils. They keep for quite a long time. If you like them salted, salt them before roasting while they are still damp.
The nut company will choose the best, freshest nuts to package as raw, and the old, starting-to-go-rancid nuts to roast in order to preserve them and cover up the rancid/stale flavor. "Product Utilization." So your roasted nuts are typically of poorer quality than your raw ones.
But strangely, I find roasted nuts to be more digestible than raw ones, but that's just me.
The other day someone I consider quite knowledgeable in the realm of health told me that "nuts are the perfect food, except that they're really hard to digest." He recommends making them easier to digest by eating them sparingly with salads.
I find nuts extremely healthy when my body is able to process them. You need a good amount of water and acid to be able to digest them well, as they are very dehydrating.
Depends from person to person.
For me, if I take roasted nuts I get a really bad sore throat - they're really "heaty" for me, in Chinese medicine terms. And if I take them roasted, my poop (for lack of a better word) comes out really pencil thin and my bowels never seem to really be emptied.
I've got a huge weakness for macadamia nuts though and if they're in the house I can devour all of them at once. I just avoid nuts as much as possible.
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