Candy and I love nuts – almonds, cashews, pistachios, macadamia nuts…

We are nut addicts. We probably don’t even go one day without devouring at least a handful of nuts.

And I’d always thought this was fine. I mean nuts have good fats and they aren’t super high in carbs. They seemed to fit perfectly with the Paleo/Primal diet. AND they are an easy snack to grab whenever I need something quick.

But are all these nuts really good for me?

Unfortunately, I’ve discovered the answer is probably…no. 😦

I started eating more nuts when I cut out grains and legumes because of the food toxins they were supposed to contain. I figured they were a healthier substitute. BUT nuts still contain phytic acid, which is one of the main reasons you aren’t supposed to eat grains and legumes. And nuts may contain as much if not more phytic acid than grains and legumes do.

Here’s why phytic acid is bad:

1. Phytic acid inhibits mineral absorption especially iron and zinc.
2. Phytic acid interferes with the enzymes that breakdown protein.

A diet high in phytic acid can cause mineral deficiencies which can lead to disease!

Check out this article about why nuts may not be that good for you. I found it on Mark’s Daily Apple!

Posted on October 4, 2011, in Diet and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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