I don't blanketly hate PUFA.
Originally Posted by Paleobird
Fish oil =/= fresh, wild fish.
Nut and seed oils =/= fresh, raw nuts and seeds.
However, I don't encourage nut consumption because they are extremely high calorie and deliver little nutrition per calorie. They have a higher caloric density than chocolate, making nuts more fattening than a good chocolate bar per weight. They are incredibly easy to overconsume, contain ten times the phytic acid of whole wheat flour and are a very potent allergen. If you are like me and responsible with your nut consumption - I really only eat them in homemade ice cream or homemade chocolates and the very rare salad topping making them maybe a handful a week on average - it's fine. If you're eating them every day, I'd reconsider my goals.
What I am vehemently against is the use of nut meals for baking "paleo breads/cakes/cookies/etc." If you're going to grind your nuts into a meal/flour and expose them to oven temperatures, now you're highly oxidizing all that PUFA. That is ill-advised, and you're creating super high calorie junk food made of damaged, poor quality fats. Starch-based flours like masa harina, tapioca starch, potato starch and coconut flour are all far safer, far healthier options and have a lower calorie density as well. AND THEY ARE ALL A FRACTION OF THE COST!
Make no mistake about it, meat, eggs, dairy, fruits and vegetables are pretty much always better than nuts and seeds, but if walnuts and pumpkin seeds are the worst thing in your diet, you're doing a pretty great job.
Last edited by ChocoTaco369; 07-17-2013 at 08:16 AM.
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