Why would you eat nuts?

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kenni_z

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Posted: 06 Jun 2014, 16:13
I don't understand why someone on a low-calorie diet would eat nuts. Nuts are probably the most calorically dense foods in nature. Well, besides, like a coconut or something. But seriously. Go look at a cashew. That's 10 calories right there. In one. single. nut. Plus, they're super tasty and tiny and convenient. Nuts are a nightmare food! Stay away from them if you know what's good for you.

Response to anticipated objections: Yes, they're heart healthy and all that, but get yourself a fish fillet or tofu or something and save yourself some, no, a TON of calories.
Kenni Z.
zoomzoomsix

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Posted: 06 Jun 2014, 16:22
True. We have nuts here at work and sweet Moses are they packed with calories.
Babskk

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Posted: 06 Jun 2014, 16:28
Some say only 75% of those calories are absorbed. I guess some research is needed
puhpine

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Posted: 06 Jun 2014, 16:43
@kenni_z
peanuts are a very good source of mono-unsaturated fatty acids especially oleic acid. It helps to lower LDL or "bad cholesterol" and increases HDL or "good cholesterol” level in the blood.

These nuts are a good source of dietary protein (non animal, for vegans)

The nuts are an excellent source of vitamin E (a-tocopherol);

The nuts are packed with many important B-complex groups of vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, and folates.

The nuts are rich source of minerals like copper, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium.

They may not fit YOUR diet, but my diet contains (some) nuts on a daily basis!
source: http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/peanuts.html
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Draglist

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Posted: 06 Jun 2014, 17:58
I add a few each night if I can to reach my fat macro target of 80 grams per day. But you sure do not get a lot for the calories! I agree totally. And I love them so much that I really have to stock just the raw ones. I can eat a jar of dry roasted peanuts in one sitting and that would be at least an entire day's worth of calories if not more!
Glaun

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Posted: 06 Jun 2014, 19:04
Nuts, very healthy, however you can only eat 3 a day and lose weight. Smile
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mummydee

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Posted: 06 Jun 2014, 19:04
read the answers on this blog....

http://www.sharecare.com/health/dieting-for-weight-loss/how-nuts-help-lose-weight
If it is a plant, eat it, if it comes from a plant, don't!
Draglist

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Posted: 06 Jun 2014, 19:15
LOL Glaun. Thanks, Mummydee. Sort of a 'net carbs' thing. I don't trust that either! I try to avoid all the tricky math...
Glaun

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Posted: 06 Jun 2014, 19:22
Good post MM D
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Posted: 06 Jun 2014, 19:27
sometimes you just have to stop and step back and go what are the health benefits and if I eat 10 almonds what are the pros against the cons...
What it comes down to I think is not what we eat but the self indulgence amount that most eat. 10 almonds, 15 cashews, 12 pistachios... against the little packages that say 1 serving size... of 30 or more and salted!
If it is a plant, eat it, if it comes from a plant, don't!
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Posted: 06 Jun 2014, 19:32
Just pulling your chain. I have a cupboard full of raw almonds and walnuts. Usually have pecans, too. I have to watch very closely as I put six or seven on my food scale to ensure I don't eat too many. But they are a great source of beneficial fats, for sure!
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Posted: 06 Jun 2014, 19:36
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kenni_z

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Posted: 06 Jun 2014, 19:37
Nuts just aren't enough bang for my buck. And they cost quite a few bucks to boot. Sure, they contain all these healthy fats and trace minerals, but they contain far too many calories to justify it. It takes an incredible amount of self control to eat 100-200 calories worth of nuts, so I'm not even going to set myself up like that. But if you have that kind of willpower, then sail on. I commend you. Lol.
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gnat824

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Posted: 06 Jun 2014, 20:29
Nuts may be high fat there are a lot of high cal and completely unfilling things that people find room for in their diets. It's all a matter of balance and priorities.
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eKatherine

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Posted: 06 Jun 2014, 21:58
Studies show that people who eat nuts are healthier (and sometimes thinner) than those who don't. Everybody's got to decide for themselves what works. But starting from the sound bite "fat is evil/fat makes you fat" has resulted in a lot of people avoiding a lot of food that is healthy for them, instead eating processed foods packed with sugar.
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Posted: 06 Jun 2014, 22:02
Raw almonds are a staple for me - they have fiber, protein and healthy fat! Just a few ( like 10 or 12 almonds )can take away hunger immediately!
If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse.
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Posted: 06 Jun 2014, 22:12
Almonds are also my life saver when it comes to snacking.
kenni_z

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Posted: 07 Jun 2014, 10:06
Lol, I'm not even going to pretend that I'd be ok with just eating 10 almonds. Also, I don't mind the fat in nuts, just the calorie-volume ratio. I mean, Jesus! 1/2 cup of almonds is 260 calories! I could so much more FOOD for that amount of calories. Again, if nuts work for you, eat them. Enjoy them! But all the nut praise needs some balancing out. As to eKatherine's point, I'm sure that people who are in a position to buy SNACK FOODS that are upwards of $5/pound are most certainly healthier because they're economically better off than those who can't afford food that's that expensive.
Kenni Z.
thefabslv

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Posted: 07 Jun 2014, 10:17
Doing low carb / high fat with raw almonds, pecans or sunflower seeds in moderation (an ounce every other day, usually) works well. They're not a trigger food for me and almonds, especially, help with regularity that can be an issue on LC.

If I'm super busy and getting hungry around lunch time and I don't have time to stop and make a salad, I'll eat 14 (yep, just 14... LOL) almonds with a piece of string cheese and call it "lunch." Very satisfying fat and protein with a few carbs.

The thing about LC/HF eating is that it can actually be difficult to get in enough calories because I'm just not hungry. First time I've ever been able to say THAT during a weight loss journey. This is a lifestyle for me now. Loving it!
Glaun

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Posted: 07 Jun 2014, 11:33
I hear ya Keni. It's like Ice Cream. Either I don't eat any, or I eat the whole half gallon. Moderation?, pleeeease....! Not for this food-alcoholic.
It's the old battle cry, about nuts, "Give me the whole can or give me none".
I'm glad that so many of you have the restraint to "just have one (or a dozen). I confess, it is far easier to have none that to have a few and then have to lock up the can, bag or gallon and give my spouse the key.
In any event, we are all headed in the direction of healthy living, just with many paths. Good for all of us.
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