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Clarification of n-6 fatty acids in nuts please!

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  • Clarification of n-6 fatty acids in nuts please!

    Hi Mark,

    When I started on PB I was under the impression that nuts were very okay. I had maybe a 3oz serving every day of a non-macadamia nut, such as almonds, hazelnuts, and pistachios. I realized that I was doing my body more damage than good with the preposed good fats. If nuts, are okay, then why do they throw our n-6/n-3 ratio off so badly? I would very much like the answer to this, since I feel that a lot of people should know about it, seeing that almond flour is a very popular choice to work with in substitution with regular flour. Thanks!

    Sakura
    My chocolatey Primal journey

    Unusual food recipes (plus chocolate) blog

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    Yes, I think this would be a good topic for a "definitive guide" clarification. There have been a lot of posts lately completely demonizing nuts and a lot of others saying that this is silly and not to worry about it. It would be nice to know whom to believe.

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    • #3
      I *think* the problem is that so much of our animal products are now grain-fed rather than grass-fed. It's harder to get the Omega-3 fatty acids we need, so the n-6 foods can throw us out of balance.

      I'm remedying that by getting eggs enriched with Omega-3 which I have for breakfast every day.
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      • #4
        Interesting
        Last edited by springnr; 09-18-2011, 10:24 PM.

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        • #5
          I think nuts being listed as ok as a food staple is a mistake of over-extrapolating from ancestral diets. I think more accurate is "eat whatever nuts you open by hand with a rock as your only tool".

          Nut flours, and to a lesser degree, nut butters are generally not worth it.
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          • #6
            Nuts and Omega 6 Fats | Mark's Daily Apple
            Wheat is the new tobacco. Spread the word.

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            • #7
              Thank you. Very good read; I can't believe I missed this article in the first place.
              My chocolatey Primal journey

              Unusual food recipes (plus chocolate) blog

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