Nuts, seeds, fish oils, + vegetable oils are PUFAs or Polyunsaturated fats.
They are delicate and unstable, they react to heat, light and oxygen. They oxidize, go rancid + toxic in these environments aka the human body. This is science.
We know that excess estrogen in the body is linked to hormonal imbalances + cancer. So why would we eat PUFAs that mimic estrogen in the body? This is science.
Losing weight is a struggle for most yet we promote eating PUFAs that increase serotonin to signal the body that its time for hibernation. Bears eat nuts + seeds to fatten up in prep for hibernation. This is science.
We know insulin resistance is an issue + that people can’t utilize carbs well yet we promote nuts + seeds that store in our tissues + get released preventing us from using glucose appropriately. This is science.
Lots of people struggle with digestive issues, yet we are going to promote eating gut irritating, PUFAs that break down into prostaglandins + other inflammatory compounds that contribute to the issue. This is science.
PUFAs block digestive enzymes that inhibit the breakdown of protein. Protein is an important building block needed to make thyroid hormone. This is science.
PUFAs deplete us of vitamin E which is necessary to protect us from estrogen, help us use progesterone, + aids in the use of vitamin A. This is science.
PUFAs + iron mix to create a toxic storm called lipofuscin causing increased aging. This is science.
There is a scale of rancidity. Some nuts are less toxic than others. PUFAs found in their natural state, with their protective shell + protective vitamin E in tact are fine options but near impossible to find. Once it reaches the store all the protective qualities of a nut have been denatured.
I’m not here to start a debate over an almond. This is science and honestly, it’s just common sense.
The real problem is excess. Never in history have we consumed nuts all day long like we do now with all the gluten free products, packaged foods, nut milks, protein bars, nut cheeses, etc…
I’m not about eliminating all PUFAs, let’s be real. Moderation and awareness is key.