Healthy nuts/seeds

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Adam1184
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   Posted 7/17/2009 11:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I see a lot of people mentioning that if you can tolerate nuts they are good for you. What kind of nuts are we talking about? I assume peanuts are out because they're super good. But what about Cashews? I love cashews!

I also just saw something about sunflower seeds. Definitely like sunflower seeds but i assume we're not talking about the Fischer sunflower seeds i like to enjoy while playing softball?
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Helenymelany
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   Posted 7/17/2009 11:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Peanuts are actually the most unnutritious nuts - Cashews are much better fro you, see how you feel about them, chew them loads or whizz them in a blender or get some anger out by putting them in a bag and smashing then against hard surfaces ie walls etc your teeth probably do a better job though - enjoy!

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LuckyLindy
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   Posted 7/17/2009 12:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Peanuts aren't actually nuts, they're a legume. And almonds aren't technically nuts either, but seeds (from a tree in the plum family) but most doctors/nutritionists still classify them as nuts ... confusing, huh?

The most healthy nuts are typically walnuts and related nuts (pecan and hickory nut are most common). Cashews are nuts, but can cause allergic responses in some, and are generally considered less effective as an anti-inflammatory agent (pistachios are closely related to cashews).

Many seeds, such as sunflower, flax, and almonds, have many of the same health benefits as walnuts. And Helenymelany is right, peanuts should generally be avoided.

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   Posted 7/17/2009 3:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Very interesting question. I've been eating a variety of nuts and seeds, except for peanuts (which aren't really nuts). Although I would love to have an excuse to eat Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, peanuts give me boils.

Here's a link to a nutrient chart for nuts and seeds:

http://www.healthalternatives2000.com/nut-seed-nutrition-chart.html
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   Posted 7/17/2009 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I think sunflower and pumpkin seeds are some of the best seeds to eat. If the sunflower seeds are salted I wash off some of the salt first, otherwise it becomes quite a heavy dose of salt.

Some people have problems with nuts and seeds, especially if you have IBS, and that's why they've been trying sunbutter instead of the seeds.
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Adam1184
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   Posted 7/17/2009 4:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey thanks for all of your replies! Now I know some healthy things to munch on!
Male
7/21/85
Diagnosed 2/08
10 Asacol per day
Trying to eat healthy
Misses chocolate and ice cream...

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