People have been asking about the fat in nuts. What about nuts? Can I eat them? Will they cause insulin resistance? Will they make me gain weight?
Three points about nuts that make their fat not as problematic as the fat in a bottle (olive, corn, soy, canola, coconut, etc.), all having to do with their wholeness:
- We don’t absorb as much fat in nuts because chewing doesn’t liberate it.
- The fat in nuts is fresher, not oxidized, or not as oxidized as fats that have been mechanically or chemically extracted, heated, exposed to bleaches, preservatives, and other chemicals, exposed to air/oxygen, and stored. Any storage increase oxidation. Oxidized fats lead to inflammation, and inflammation is at the heart of many diseases (diabetes, heart disease, cancer, arthritis).
- Nuts come packaged with benefits … nutrients and phytochemicals that act as antioxidants, things that processed oils lack, things that can stem problems associated with oxidation of their fat.