Are You Nuts

If you’re not eating nuts on a weekly basis, you’re nuts. Sorry I had to!

Nuts are one of mother natures most perfect and delicious foods.

They’re jam packed with healthy fats, protein, fiber, and loads of minerals.

A perfect on the go snack or something to eat when you’re traveling on the road.

Here is a list of things to know and be wary of when it comes to nuts

1. Be wary of your gut-  as I’m sure you hear often, nuts can cause some digestion/gut issues. This is common and nothing to freak out about, it’s because nuts contain a compound called phytic acid, a compound that can inhibit their absorption. An excellent option is to soak and roast the nuts, this will help release the phytic acid making it easier to digest. Just google how to do this, it’s very simple.

2. Try to not eat the same ones every day– if we eat the same nuts day after day (like I did with almonds) you could very well develop a mild intolerance to them (happened to me). Nuts are an allergenic food, meaning they play poker in our gut, so lots of risk and betting goes on depending on how healthy our tummys are. The simplest way to avoid this is to not eat the same ones every day. So if you are snacking on almonds on monday, try to eat some cashews on tuesday.

3. Be wary of the added oils/ingredients– Rob was eating some pistachios from a major company and said they had a weird taste. I asked him to check if there’s any “hydrogenated oils” and of course there were! These are called trans fats, and companies add them to our food in order to give them a long shelf life. Long story short, they will kill you. They are very bad for you. So always check ingredients for “hydrogenated oils” or “partially hydrogenated oils” before eating your nuts, or any food for that matter. And some food items will say “no trans fats per serving” but you HAVE to check anyway, this is a loop hole manufacturers use because the FDA allows for up to .5 grams of trans fats per serving, so there could easily be .499999 grams of trans fats in a serving, and add that by 2 or 3 or 4 throughout the week and you’re consuming a lot of poison.

4. If they bloat you or make you fart, don’t eat them- seems obvious but listen to your body when this happens, it’s a sign you’re not agreeing with it.

5. Be conscious of how many you’re eating- portions really aren’t a big deal when we’re talking fat loss (believe it or not), but they are when talking digestion. Nuts are so small and you can fit tons of them in a handful that it’s easy to over do it and make yourself sick. Stick to a a couple ounces when on the run or just snacking between meals.

 

 

Are you nuts