Nuts are among the foods most commonly linked to food allergy. They can also be hard to digest for those with a compromised digestive system because they contain enzyme inhibitors. The purpose of these enzyme inhibitors is to protect the nut until it has what it needs for growing (ex. sunlight, water, soil, etc.). When eaten, these inhibitors will neutralize natural enzymes in our bodies making digestion more difficult. Soaking and rinsing your nuts thoroughly will remove most of the enzyme inhibitors. Sprouting or fermenting will also make nuts and seeds more digestible. Just don’t go overboard with a lot of baked goods that use nut flours. An unusual amount of nuts can be problematic for even a healthy digestive system.
*note: Although technically a tree nut, coconut products are included in many of my nut free recipes. Many people with an allergy to tree nuts do not have the same reaction to coconut.
When looking into special diets as a means of weight loss, to find relief from a health issue or simply to improve your overall health, always remember the concept of bio-individuality. Genetics play an important role in determining what foods are appropriate for each of us. Some people can efficiently break down starchy vegetables and grains, while others fair better omitting these foods entirely from their diet. Some humans have evolved to be able to digest cow’s milk while others lack the enzymes to do so. And some people are able to extract the nutrients they need from a plant based diet while others need a healthy dose of protein, fat and other nutrients found only in animal based foods. The point is that we’re all different and no one diet is best for everyone.
While I do make some individual recommendations to my personal clients, I try to avoid blanket statements about diet and health when talking to the masses. BUT, regardless of what foods you decide to eat or not eat, be sure to include plenty green vegetables and don’t forget to exercise every day.