I love nuts, I could go as far as saying I’m nuts about nuts. I have them in my meals, desserts, cakes and snack on them throughout the day. It wasn’t until a couple of weeks ago that I actually weighed out the portion of Brazil nuts I was about to munch away on, to find out to my horror, that little snack was 20g fat! I knew nuts were high in fat – but had no idea that such a small portion would contain such a large amount. This lead me to take a good look into my nut intake.
Nuts have many health benefits, especially for vegans but they really do need to be eaten in moderation. Almonds for example are a fantastic source of calcium and protein which makes them super fantastic at sustaining you between meals. 23 Almonds are around 160 calories, 14g fat and 6g protein. I have been weighing out my nut portions and considering my choices carefully, as a consequence of this I have significantly reduced my nut intake.
I have noticed positive changes in my health since cutting back on nuts, (and in my purse too.) I have suffered with irritable bowel syndrome, (IBS) for years, being vegan I had eliminated dairy, (as a veggie my IBS was even worse.) I had cut out gluten, which made some difference. But since reducing my nut intake I feel fantastic! My skin has cleared up too, I’ve had acne flare ups for a couple of years now and I couldn’t work out why, I thought I had a healthy diet. I read two very interesting articles on Alicia Silverstone’s website The Kind Life that support my nut/health discovery. Certainly worth a read: How I Cleared Up My Acne, and Prevent Acne Naturally for Kind, Clear Skin.