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Old 07-20-2007, 03:22 PM   #1
Aaron Blenkush
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I'm trying to bump up my caloric intake and also protein, so I have been eating a lot of nuts (macademias, peanuts, cashews, almonds). I usually get the Planters brand and on the side of the container it says "up to 1/4 cup a day". I haven't been able to find any reasons why one shouldn't eat more than that a day, except maybe for the fat intake.

I'm eating more like a little over 1/2 cup a day (5-6 oz.). Does anybody have any insight on this? Is is dangerous, or will I just have to be mindful of the fat intake?
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Old 07-20-2007, 04:22 PM   #2
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That seems like an awful lot of fat! I would also suggest dropping the cashew and peanuts which are technically legumes, not nuts and/or easily digestible.

Almonds--go for raw (perhaps costco or trader joes--best on price). 3 almonds is equal to 1 block of fat.

Macadamias are awesome but at 1 for 1 block fat its hard to resist and stop at just one!

To bump your protin eat more lean meat, fish and eggs. Better choices all along!}
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Old 07-20-2007, 05:13 PM   #3
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I'm eating well over 2000 calories a day from fat, and there's nothing wrong with that; I'm pretty active and trying to gain weight. Olive oil, Brazil nuts, almonds, etc. are all perfectly fine to eat in abundance. The only thing I caution you of is to increase your fat intake slowly. Going from 18 blocks(*) of fat a day to something like 54 will probably give you a case of steatorrhea (it's like diarrhea, but so much worse). Rather, increase your fat intake slowly so your body can adjust and produce enough bile.


(*) block = a measurement of food used in The Zone diet. See here for more details:
http://frontrangecrossfit.typepad.com/nutrition/files/the_zone_diet_for_crossfit .pdf (Safe link.)
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Old 07-20-2007, 07:01 PM   #4
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Eh, as far as peanuts (and peanut butter) goes, I heard there's some sort of toxin/chemical or something that is often found in them (and other products) that typically sit in a big pile for an amount of time before they are processed. I forget what it is... wait... just found an article... aflotoxins...

http://www.deanesmay.com/archives/007598.html
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Old 07-21-2007, 05:48 AM   #5
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I'm pretty sure, although peanuts are legumes, cashews are not.
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Old 07-21-2007, 10:18 AM   #6
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Check out what else you're getting with those Planter's nuts. What's the sodium content per serving? Are there other preservatives added?

I stick to refrigerated, raw nuts, mostly almonds, walnuts, and macadamias.
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Old 07-21-2007, 10:32 AM   #7
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macadamian nuts and walnuts have a pretty good n3/n6 ratio. I have been know to eat a whole 1lb macadamian nut bag from tj in a day :banana:
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