NUTS AND SEEDS, AND WHY AVOID MOST OF THEM
by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© June 2013, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
Many physicians and dietary experts recommend eating nuts and seeds. In addition, diets that include nuts and seeds are vegetarian diets, the Weston Price diet, the GAPS diet, the Paleo diet and others. Nutritional balancing does not recommend nuts and seeds, with the exception of roasted almond butter. Here are the reasons why:
1. They are all quite yin in Chinese medical terms. Yin means expanded and cool or cold. Today, the bodies are already too yin, and we live in yin times, meaning the world is quite yin thanks to ionizing radiation from powerplants and other sources, chemical toxins in the environment, a mineral-depleted food supply, and other reasons. For this reason, eating yin foods, while they might feel good for a while, unbalances the body in subtle ways and will harm your health, no matter how nutritious or tasty they are. For more on this, read Yin Disease on this site.
2. Perhaps because of their yin quality, most nuts and seeds are slightly toxic. This can be debated, of course, as most foods contain some toxins. However, I find people are better off without them, even if you soak them and/or sprout them. Sprouting them turns them into vegetables, to a degree (a vegetable, by definition, is leaves, roots or stems of plants). However, sprouts are not as good, in some ways, as the traditional vegetables most of the time. They tend to be rather yin and to contain some slightly toxic substances in them that prevent them from being eaten by predator species.
Some toasted almond butter a few times a week, and perhaps a little of other nut or seed butters, on occasion, are also okay for most people. Otherwise, I suggest avoiding most nuts and seeds, even if soaked or sprouted.