Some older posts I think are still relevant:
here is a uTube clip of Jeff Novick showing how flawed the nut studies are:
here are some articles promoting the no-nut route:
Jeff Nelson's article:
and Chef AJ's:
Here's my most recent blog post expressing confusion about the whole thing:
And here is my view today, at 5:19 pm (could change any minute). I've been logging my calories for the past week to help guide me in the process. I want to keep my fat percentage above 10%, unlike I was doing a lot of last year when I didn't even eat flaxseeds much of the time (I was consistently at 7%). I haven't been eating nuts, but I've added back in some higher fat foods like home-made soy yogurt or edamame or occasional avocado (notice I said "or", as I'm trying to lose a few pounds), and I'm eating about 1 Tbsp of seeds per day, usually in my dressing. My seed mixture contains flax, sesame, hemp, and chia. All except sesame are high in omega-3 fats. My fat percentage has consistently been about 10-15% which is in the range suggested by Drs. Esselstyn and Campbell, and not so much by Dr. Fuhrman (he prefers higher). I'm getting plenty of vitamin E (about 107% recommended) from the vast amount of carrots and green vegetables I eat (I like them!). I'm getting about 1.5 gm of omega-3 fats and 2.9 g of omega-6, which is enough and at the ideal ratio according to a lot of the plant-based doctors (except Furhman who says the ratio doesn't matter if the fat sources are from healthy whole foods like nuts and avocado). I'm loving the soy yogurt. See yesterday's post for how I eat it.
Based on this, I don't see any reason to add nuts to my diet, except for the enjoyment of them, but not because there is a dietary need for them. I'd rather not have large quantities in the house because I occasionally overindulge in them. When I do that, I suffer from unpleasant burps, YUCK. Plus I am a person with low-calorie needs (the model of efficiency! or menopause), and nuts every single day squeezes out things I might enjoy a little more. So I'm okay with nuts when I want them but I don't think they need to be a part of my every single day diet. One way I can envision enjoying nuts occasionally is to buy some raw cashews for when I go out to eat and sprinkle them on my salad.