Nuts are an integral part to the Paleo diet. In fact, it was the ranting of my significant other about eating too much nuts that jump started my research and eventual transition with the Paleo diet in the first place! So, lets talk about nuts today!
A lot of folks are misinformed about nuts. They are scared off by the same ridiculous rhetoric that influences them to buy such products as reduced fat oreos, and non fat yogurt. These unfortunate souls are victims of sleek marketing and skewed medical research. It’s not the fat in oreos that makes you fat, it’s the sugar (although oreo fat isn’t that great for you either, but I digress!) Ditch the processed snacks and enjoy some REAL food: nuts.
Nuts are absolutely packed full of nutrients and energy most notably monounsaturated & omega 3 fats, B & E vitamins, protein, and other necessary minerals. The best way to eat them is RAW! While I do like the crunch and aroma of roasted nuts, I like the flavor and nutritional benefits of raw nuts more. Just the way nature intended. Remember that heat kills or alters nutrients in food to the point where they aren’t as beneficial, one of the many reasons I try to eat everything raw. Plus, roasted nuts usually have a lot of extra salt you don’t need.
Check out this website on the 6 healthiest nuts and their many benefits. Being a Texan, I personally like pecans the most. I am not a huge fan of brazil nuts, but brazil nuts are usually cheap, and just look at how much Selenium they have! Nuts are awesome. Go to the bulk bins and load up all kinds of species. Nuts, unfortunately, are not subsidized like corn and soy are, so they are much more expensive, but a little goes a long way, and the benefits are 10 fold what you get from corn and soy anyways. If you want to save some money, buy them unshelled and find a shelling device for them. My York Texan Sheller works pretty well with the pecans I bought from Berdoll Farms (check these guys out if you’re driving between Austin and Bastrop on Hwy. 71! ). If you are lucky enough to have a pecan tree in your backyard or know someone who does, they almost always have an abundant harvest in the fall so stock up while you can! Unshelled pecans can last up to 9 months in the freezer!
Notice neither the website above nor I made mention of peanuts. That’s because peanuts aren’t even nuts! They’re legumes. As far as the Paleo Diet is concerned, they stand at the same lowly level as a pinto bean. Avoid them if you can, but if you really really enjoy it won’t kill you to enjoy them every now and then, like at a baseball game.
Go nuts, and enjoy!