nuts in diet

By 10fluffy35 Latest Reply 2011-03-08 21:22:22 -0600
Started 2011-03-06 11:17:40 -0600

Are nuts counted as a protein or fat in your diet.

8 replies

GabbyPA 2011-03-07 23:43:37 -0600 Report

Nuts contain both but are generally considered a fat. There are ones that are better for you than others and some that will be very friendly to your levels. I make home made almond milk to get nuts in my diet every day. I try to avoid salted ones and stick to raw nuts.

I do make a pilaf where I roast the chopped nuts and add them to my seeds and grains. They make my pilaf sing. I love it.

WendyFR 2011-03-08 20:47:48 -0600 Report

how do you make home made almond miilk?

GabbyPA 2011-03-08 21:22:22 -0600 Report

Soak 1/2 cup of raw almonds in about 4 cups of water for 6-8 hours. Then drain the water and put your almonds into a blender. Add 3-4 cups of fresh water to the blender and blend for 2-4 minutes. Strain your "milk" though a fine sieve or pantyhose into a pitcher. Add 1t of vanilla extract and sweeten if you like with the sweetener of your choice. I use agave nectar. You can store it for up to 4 days in the fridge.

I use the pulp to make almond flour by putting it in my dehydrator and drying it for a few hours.

Ralph 2011-03-07 19:24:20 -0600 Report

I use to eat the salted nuts years ago. I started eating unsalted nuts around 4 years ago and now I can not stand to eat the salted ones. It took a little getting use to but after I did it really payed off.

LauraS 2011-03-07 15:14:30 -0600 Report

Speaking of nuts, I just read that Pistachio nuts can help lower your blood pressure and raise good cholesterol. If you're going to have nuts at least have healthy ones.

jayabee52 2011-03-07 19:13:50 -0600 Report

I suspect those pistacios would be best for lowering BP if they were unsalted. According to EmeliaK in the article linked im my reply below, the healthiest nuts would be Macademias because of their ratio of Omega 6 (bad omega) to Omega 3.

Tigereyze209 2011-03-06 12:25:34 -0600 Report

Would it surprise you to learn that it counts as one of each?
Seriously though, if you keep the count down, assuming peanuts, for instance, to just a few (say 20 nuts or less) you can count it as just protein as there is not really enough fat content in that small amount to bother counting. (Mind you, that only works if you have enough self control to actually only eat just a few nuts.) I forget what it is called, but there are things in nuts that are pretty good for you when you eat a few nuts a day, say at least three times or more a week. Think of then as being like organic vitamins. Something to do with your lympathic system. As I recall, almonds or macadamia nuts work best, but even regular peanuts have it too.

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