Nut Overdose?

29 06 2009

Don’t Eat Too Many Nuts

Nuts are protein-rich foods. However, protein is not desirable in large amounts. Nuts are actually concentrated with fat rather than extremely high in protein anyway and too much fat is really bad.

Blending nuts with the wrong foods, because of the fact that fat slows digestion, allowing fruits to ferment and cause acid problems, should be avoided.

The Place for Nuts in Our Diets

If you think about it, nuts are seasonal foods. They are only available naturally during specific times of the year. Fresh nuts are only available for a few months out of the year and dried nuts are much higher in fat and protein because they’ve lost their water content.

If you have ever eaten nuts fresh from the tree, you’ll know how much better they taste, how much more satisfying their texture, and how smoothly they grind between our frugivore teeth.

By all means, enjoy a few fresh nuts when they are available. However, limit your consumption to a small quantity and avoid eating them on the same day that you partake in avocado, which is also high in fat.

Children and Pregnant Women

Children have slightly different needs than adults. Children can have some nut products in their diets, but nut milks are the best choice. However, this should be provided to children that are age three or older because nut milk simply doesn’t contain the needed calcium for proper bone growth.

Until three years of age, infants and children thrive on mother’s milk. This is the truly perfect food, designed by nature. Of course, not every mother has the choice of nursing for one reason or another and in that case, animal milk can be used but raw goat’s milk is preferred over other milks.

One of the problems with giving children nuts is ensuring they chew them well. Raw nut butters solve that problem very well. BUT, children should still have most of their energy needs met through fruits and green leafy vegetables so that they obtain all the vitamins and minerals needed for health and rapid growth.

Similar dietary requirements apply to pregnant women because the baby in the womb is growing rapidly.





Protein.

28 06 2009

Humans are taught to eat a large amount of protein and to obtain this protein from animal products such as meat and dairy products. Vegetarians worry about lack of protein and substitute meat with tofu, cheese, beans and other meat substitutes.

The person that wants to follow a raw food diet and eat completely naturally will choose nuts and seeds to supply their protein needs.

How Much Protein is Enough?

The idea that a person needs to search for hard-to-find protein sources is a myth! In fact, as long as you eat enough calories to meet your body’s needs for energy, you’ll probably never experience anything close to a protein deficiency.

Think about this: when a newborn baby is growing rapidly, their nutrition requirements are higher than any other time in their lives. This is because the baby’s little body is growing so rapidly. And, nature clearly intended for humans to be able to provide breast milk for their infants. This should give us a clue to the proper amount of protein required to remain healthy. Breast milk contains a meager 6% protein! Interesting and surprising, isn’t it?

This would indicate that less than 6% protein is optimal during other life phases. So, let’s look at the protein content in various raw food choices we have available.

Protein Content of Fruits

Banana:
Papaya:
Peach:
Avocado:
Orange:
Watermelon:

4%
7%
7%
5%
9%
7%

Average protein content of fruit: 5%

Protein Content of Vegetables

Tomatoes:
Cucumber:
Lettuce:
Celery:

17%
21%
59%
25%

Average protein content of vegetables: 20%

Protein Content of Nuts & Seeds

Almonds:
Sesame Paste (tahini):
Sunflower seeds:
Pumpkin seeds:

15%
12%
15%
17%

Average protein content of nuts and seeds: 15%

– Average protein content of a low-fat raw food diet: 7-8%
– Average protein content of human milk: 6%

In fact, some cultures that survive on root-based diets actually obtain less than 5% of their calories from protein, yet remain in better health and live longer than the average American.

As long as you eat enough to meet your caloric needs and you eat a good variety of foods, there is absolutely no need to fear any protein deficiency. A raw-food diet of fruits and vegetables, even if it doesn’t include a lot of nuts and seeds, provides about 7-10% of protein a day.

Excess protein is actually not healthy, just like excess fat.