Just watched the revised and expanded video concerning nuts and weight on NutritionFacts.org. Very convincing. I don't see how you two can be looking at the same data and be reaching such different conclusions. What Dr. Greger shows is that nuts do NOT cause weight gain. His evidence seems pretty clear and I trust his judgement and ability to interpret the mountain of data that he presents. If you haven't seen the latest version you should check it out.
Thanks for the response. It seems that you and Dr. Greger are never going to fully agree about nuts. In the end your disagreement seems more a matter of emphasis. We all agree that eating a WFPB diet is the way to go. Nuts are good food but i guess we will have to agree to disagree about just how good they are and how much we should eat. I love nuts and I'm at a healthy weight so I will continue to eat what you low fat vegans would consider to be a horrifying amount. Not that it counts as any kind of scientific data but I have lost 70lbs over the last 4 years since adopting a WFPB diet that includes generous amounts of nuts, seeds, and avocado while also raising my HDL to 82 and lowering my LDL to 84. Keep up the good work! I will try not to let this controversy drive me NUTS.
Just wanted to point out there has been a new report by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluding nut consumption does not cause weight gain and may actually have a modest slimming effect. The report is based on a review of thirty-one studies in which subjects added nuts to their diet and replaced other foods with nuts. I happen to be terrible with computers so I can't link to the report but it was released by Reuters. Sorry to reignite this controversy but I couldn't resist. I doubt this will change many minds but I would still be interested to hear why this latest report doesn't hold water. Thanks
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VegHead - I love nuts too, and I do eat them, as well as seeds. Jeff Novick does too. Hey, I've seen Jeff eat peanut butter (once) with my daughters when we were filming! He must've been hungry! :)
Nuts are a good food, we can agree on that for sure. Novick recommends about an ounce a day, for people who wish to eat them, as he says in his talk.
Where I'm going to disagree with some others: I don't subscribe to the "superfood" mentality on nuts or just about any other food.
And nuts and avocados and other high-fat plant foods can definitely be a problem for vegans who are trying to bring their weight down.
Did AJ put her health at risk in some way when she gave up nuts and quickly lost 15 or 20 pounds as a direct result?
Definitely not, is my take.
But the nut people seem to disagree almost violently, and went apoplectic claiming she somehow made a huge mistake and was going to fall over and die any minute when she pushed away the nut jar.
That's all this has been, is push back against people pushing nuts based on very shaky, mostly nut-industry funded science.
Nuts aren't bad foods, they're good. But they aren't required for nutritional excellence and great health. The Okinawans are some of the longest living people on the planet, and nuts had nothing to do with it. Sweet potatoes did, but even though sweet potatoes are a great food in a lot of ways, once again you can have a very healthy diet even if you don't eat very many of them, just like nuts. Your overall dietary pattern is what matters, not any individual food or particular tea or special ingredient. That kind of stuff is just an interesting distraction.
Now here's a piece of advice that CAN really save your health, from Dr. McDougall: http://bit.ly/W6y0r9
I am 66 years old I am vegan most of the time other wise ovo vegetarian (over 14 years). I eat lots of nuts, I am 5'3 my weight is 114 to 124. I don't agree with this article. Nuts have never caused me to be over weight. Sitting around in the winter causes my weight gain. I
I don't agree with this article. I am 45 and I have been vegan for little over a year. During that time my weight dropped from 180lbs to 157-159lbs. Once my weight stabilized to 157-159lbs (I fluctuate between this weight) it has stayed there. During the initial stages of my conversion to a vegan diet I ate a lot of nuts. I ate from 3/4 to a 1 16oz bag of almonds a day. For months after my weight stabilized, I continued to eat the same amount of almonds. I now eat around a 1/2 16oz bag of almonds a day. I eat a lot more fruits (bananas and dates) which take the place of some of the almonds. My weight is stable which in an indication that I am eating enough calories so I don't lose weight. In fat my diet is high in fat, and carbs, and meets my protein requirements. I eat plenty of sugar from dates, bananas, and apples, fats from the large amounts of nuts I eat, but I don't gain weight. I also eat plenty of vegetables (mainly kale and cilantro), an not a lot of complex carbs. I mainly eat qunioa and sometimes garbanzo beans. I also eat all day. I snack throughout the day on homemade veggie juice, banana smoothies, dates, bananas, apples, and almonds, and I don't gain weight. I feel I am at my optimal weight for my current activity level, and when I start cycling again I will probably lose 2 pounds.
Yes, have seen that new one, which is a nut-industry funded study of a number of nut-industry studies, most of which studies actually had little to do with weight loss. In fact it "reviews" several of the same studies we already debunked, where nut-eaters were fed fewer calories during the study period when their weight started to go up, so that there would be no weight gain. In other words, it's another nonsense study from the free-spending nut industry.
A little busy right now, but we will be taking that one apart before too long. Meanwhile, Chef AJ has lost way more weight since this series of articles went up...doing nothing other than eliminate the "recommended" amount of daily nuts from her diet.
Nuts are great! They're healthy! But they're not "super foods" and the science, when it's actually examined and not just skimmed over, shows they do make most people gain weight if they simply add them and don't use them to replace.
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