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November 17, 2006

This Is a Cringe-Free Headline about Nuts

By Worker Bee
10 Comments

SMART FUEL

Just like our beloved eggs (oh, what a nutritional ball of goodness), nuts are victimized by painful puns: Get Nutty! We’re Nuts about Nuts! You’re Nuts if You Don’t Eat Them!

We don’t do that here. Nuts are a Smart Fuel deserving of some smart words. Here’s why we think nuts are great for your health. Just don’t go…crazy…with the portions. (Whew – that was close!)

Nuts contain:

– Excellent fats that boost mental clarity, love your liver, and help your heart.

Protein and fiber

Selenium. This handy mineral activates an antioxidant called glutathione peroxidase. You don’t have to remember that, just know it’s really, really good at helping fight free radical oxidation in the body. Some studies suggest selenium might even help fight cancer.

Antioxidant E and vitamin A. Since these are fat-soluble vitamins (meaning they only work with fat), nuts are nature’s perfectly engineered delivery systems.

The best nuts:

– Hazelnuts, filberts, walnuts, almonds

Less-nutritious (but sort of decent) nuts:

– Peanuts (not actually a nut), pine nuts, cashews

About an ounce a day is a reasonable portion size – think one small handful.

Almonds

Nutty Facts

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[…] Nuts – all kinds – contain plenty of niacin. They’re one of the richest sources of this important B vitamin. And because nuts contain essential fatty acids and other important antioxidants and minerals, you should try to eat a handful (raw, organic) at least a few times a week. […]

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Primal Toad
5 years 2 months ago

This is an old article that is irrelevant anymore.

Macas are best. Then, IMO its… Pistachios, Cashews, Almonds.

Kim Schuette
4 years 8 months ago

Dear Mark, a friend turned my on to your blog. Great information and so appreciate the tip about f.oux. I will be passing that on to our clients. In reading your nut tips, I want to point out that vitamin A is only present in animal fats. Our livers convert the carotenoids and beta-carotene to vitamin A in the liver, when sufficient Vitamin A is present. All the more reason for the importance of a primal diet abundant in animal fats. Keep up the good work. Warmly, Kim

Martha
Martha
4 years 8 months ago

Hi Mark,

I was hoping you could clarify why you say to limit the amount nuts you eat, but not most other kinds of fat (i.e. animal). What exactly is the difference? I love nuts and nut butters, and eat them daily.

Thanks!!

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beefwalker
beefwalker
3 years 2 months ago

And Brazil nuts? Good yes? They’re the best source of selenium – or so Robb Wolf and Tim Ferriss tell me.

brandon clobes
brandon clobes
3 years 1 month ago

wow an article by mark about nuts where he DOESNT worship maca’s as the holy grail of nuts? this must be old im shocked!

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