Here are some of the anti-nut arguments: Jeff Novick points out numerous flaws in the nut studies, which I agree with. Here's an excerpt from one of his talks pointing out some of those flaws. But he also said an ounce of nuts won't hurt you in one of his nuts DVDs. Then here's a quote from Dr. Esselstyn's Facebook page a few days ago:
My preference is no nuts for heart disease patients. That also eliminates peanuts and peanut butter even though peanuts are officially a legume. For those with established heart disease to add more saturated fat that is in nuts is inappropriate. For people with no heart disease who want to eat nuts and avocado and are able to achieve a cholesterol of 150 and LDL of 80 or under without cholesterol lowering drugs, some nuts and avocado are acceptable. No nuts for heart disease patients, includes peanuts and peanut butter, even though peanuts are officially a legume.Am I a heart disease patient? No, but all these guys say that everyone who eats the Standard American diet has heart disease, so I don't know, maybe I do have it since I sometimes go off plan and eat SAD food. And the coaches at E2X recommend no nuts when you are trying to lose weight. Same with McDougall's MWL program. And Chef AJ lost all her weight when she gave up nuts. And Jeff Novick talks about calorie density and satiation and says potatoes are more satiating than nuts. So that all leads me to think I shouldn't eat nuts while trying to lose weight and I'll be more satiated if I eat the starches instead of the nuts (I want to lose 10 lbs). Jeff Novick argues that nuts aren't nutrient dense, they are fat dense. It's easy to see that in a calorie counting program like cronometer. You get more nutrients from (lots of) leafy green vegetables, and that includes omega-3 fats and vitamin E.
Fuhrman cites the nut studies which doesn't convince me since the other guys point out the flaws in them, and the nut studies are funded by the nut industry. But he also cites his experience with patients which does carry weight for me. Plus I have the study on myself. I need a few more months to see what the results are--it takes a while to grow new nails. But I am finding myself satiated by nuts and I enjoy eating nuts with my fruit more than oats. 1 oz of nuts/seeds per day raises my fat percentage to about 15%. I recall Jeff Novick stating (somewhere) that our ancestors probably ate about 15% fat because they ate a little meat. The nuts/seeds are similar to meat in their fat content. Maybe that's a good and healthy thing. Dr. Barnard recommends almonds for vitamin E which is good for alzeimer's prevention. I noticed that sunflower seeds are also high in vitamin E. But again, you can get it from leafy green vegetables. But it seems to me it's good to have a mixture. It's more enjoyable too. And even though our ancestors maybe didn't have access to a daily dose of a variety of nuts, it doesn't mean you shouldn't take advantage of them if they are available to you. And following the advice of Dr. Campbell in his book "Whole", nuts and seeds might have a symphony of things that work for your body. Heck if I know.
It seems nitpicky to argue about 1 oz of nuts/seeds. I don't know why I get hung up on this. I guess i just want someone to tell me what the best way to eat is and these guys are telling me slightly different things and they also seem to dislike each other which is kind of depressing. This probably just shows that I am being way too neurotic. So I should probably just ignore them all and do a study on myself. Here was today's breakfast by the way: pear, blueberries, mixed nuts and seeds: