NUTS AND SEEDS, AND WHY AVOID MOST OF THEM
by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© October 2020, 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.
Nuts and seeds are nutritious, tasty and convenient foods. Popular diets that include nuts and seeds are vegetarian diets, the Weston Price diet, the GAPS diet, the Paleo diet and others.
NUTS AND SEEDS ON THE DEVELOPMENT DIET
During early development, most nuts and seeds are harmful. The reasons are:
1. Most nuts and seeds do not contain the chemicals needed for early development. They do contain chemicals needed for later development, but this requires at least 30 years on a development program.
2. While nutritious, nuts and seeds are quite yin in macrobiotic terminology. Yin means expanded and cool or cold. Today, all bodies are already too yin. Also, the planet is very yin due to ionizing radiation from atom bombs and power plants, widespread toxic metals, thousands of chemical toxins in the environment, a mineral-depleted food supply, and cell phone towers and other electromagnetic pollution.
Eating yin food, while it may nourish the body, will slow development so it is not recommended during early development. See below for exceptions. For details, read Yin Disease.
3. Nuts and seeds are somewhat difficult to digest. One must chew them thoroughly and even then, they are not easy to digest. As a result, most of their nutrition is often wasted and they damage the intestinal tract. Both of these factors retard development.
SUGGESTIONS FOR EARLY DEVELOPMENT
An important part of the development diet for early development for adults is to eat every day:
1. Two tablespoons daily of roasted almond butter. Organically grown almonds are better, although they cost more. Do not eat marcona almonds. One or two pizzuta almonds daily are good.
2. Two tablespoons daily of roasted sesame tahini OR four tablespoons daily of hummus (which contains sesame tahini).
This is an important part of the development diet, so please do not skip it. Also, try not to overdo on these foods, as this is harmful.
For children. Children about age 6 and older need some almond butter and tahini. The portion size should be less, based upon their size or weight.
Do not eat whole nuts or seeds. During early development, we do not recommend eating whole almonds or whole sesame seeds, or other nuts and seeds on a daily basis.
NUTS AND SEEDS DURING LATER DEVELOPMENT
When one reaches about Big Stage 4, nuts and seeds become an important development food. At this stage, some nutrients in the nuts are very important and difficult to obtain from other foods.
Also, at this stage the body can digest nuts and seeds much better because digestion has improved. Also, the body is more yang so that the yin quality of nuts and seeds is not as harmful.
Reaching this stage of development for most people requires at least 30 years on a complete development program. For women, it will usually take longer. We will tell you if you have reached this stage and are ready to eat more nuts and seeds. At this time (July 2020), none of our clients are even close to being at this stage of development.
NUTS AS OCCASIONAL FOODS
As an occasional treat up to once a week, you may have a little of other nut butters such as a tablespoon of cashew butter, pumpkin seed butter, or sunflower butter. However, this is not helpful for development and is not recommended for fastest development.
A little peanut butter once a week is also okay, but not recommended. Peanut butter tends to have a little aflatoxin mold in it, which is harmful. Commercial peanut butter also contains hardened or hydrogenated vegetable oil, which is also harmful.
AVOID eating whole nuts or seeds during early development. They are too yin, too difficult to digest properly and do not contain the correct chemicals needed for early development.
WHAT ABOUT SOAKING OR SPROUTING NUTS AND THEN EATING THEM?
Soaking or sprouting makes nuts and seeds even more yin, so we do not recommend it. Most sprouts also contain a toxin to help keep predators away from the young growing plants. This also makes them less helpful as foods.