EP30: Good Fats Bad Fats: Nuts & Seeds - Q&A

In this episode you'll learn about:
- The five things that nuts and seeds have that make them extremely difficult to digest.

-What could be causing your migraine headaches and how to create hormonal balance with simple diet tips.

- Why the kinds of fats coming from nuts and seeds can be detrimental to your gut health and which fats are essential for your health.

-If you can't live without nuts and seeds, the best way to prepare them for better digestion.

Show Notes:

3:12 - Some fats that are harmful for the body are being marketed as health foods

3:40 - How nuts and seeds can inhibit your digestion and mineral absorption creating imbalance in your hormonal system

"How To Heal Your Metabolism" by Kate Deering

4:20 - Nuts and seeds all have inhibiting factors for assimilation and absorption in common.  Nuts and seeds contain the following that block enzyme production and breakdown;  Trypsin inhibitors, lectins, oxalates, phytates and polyunsaturated fatty acids.

We define what each one of these inhibitors are (contained in nuts and seeds) and what they specifically do to slow down digestion and block mineral absorption.

4:50 - Trypsin inhibitors:  Inhibit protein digestion by preventing the protease enzymes from digesting the protein.

5:40 - This is a mechanism that naturally protects the seeds so they can germinate later, so it becomes less digestible as a result.

6:25 - animals need this for hibernation - only humans do not hibernate - so this creates a slow down of the metabolism when we eat these foods.

7:10 - What are PUFAS - Long chain fatty acids

7:45 - PUFAS create a slow down of the metabolism because of what they are created to do.

8:12 - Oxalates bind to calcium - they can take the calcium out of the body and create kidney stones.

8:30 - We need to be careful not to ingest too many oxalates since osteoperosis is a condition when you're not getting enough calcium and then the body starts to pull the calcium from the bones.

8:40 - So when we eat something that takes the calcium away we also get low on calcium which is important for balancing with your phosphorus.

9:30 - Dairy has a really healthy calcium to phosphorus ratio and a great source of protein

10:14 - Polyunsaturated fats are higher in plants and nuts and act to protect the plant in cold weather.  This means when you have an oil that is liquid in cold temperatures, it means it's already being oxidized.  So the oxidation your body does in cellular respiration is being blocked when you ingest these oils.  This lowers the body temperature to condusiveley process all these oils that are limiting the body's processing abilities.

10:54 - Lower body temperature or the inability to regulate body temperature is an indication the thyroid is slowing down or not functioning well.

11:30 - Fatigue soon comes into play if this goes on for too long.

12:40 - Lectins (which nuts and seeds contain) interfere with the plasma repair in the gut.  These make it harder on your digestion because you simply cannot repair the gut lining quick enough.  So if you have inflammation in the gut the lectins will slow down any repair that needs to be done there.

13:20 - This leads to bacterial overgrowth - endotoxins

14:12 - Nuts and Seeds actually have a high level of fat, but not the good kind - polyunsaturated fat - this can lead to weight gain.  Also the fat itself carries the toxins and that's a lot for your liver to handle and break down.

15:20 - So even if you soak your nuts and seeds and buy organic they will still contain a high level of Polyunsaturated fat.

16:45 - Question - What could be causing my menstrual migraine headaches?  I eat a lot of nuts and seeds.

17:05 - Having a high consumption of nuts and seeds can lead to higher estrogen levels which could cause menstrual migraines.

17:40 - Legumes are like nuts and seeds because they do have the lectins, phytates, protase inhibitors, oxalates and polyunsaturated fats.  When you produce a slow down you will produce more stress hormones that will induce estrogen dominance in the body.

19:32 - What we're eating is influencing how well we can regulate everything.  If your digestion slows down the estrogen that's supposed to be excreted through the intestines gets reabsorbed through the intestines and into the cells.  Estrogen gets re-circulated in the body instead of being excreted.

20:14 - The raw carrot is an important tool for detoxing excess estrogen in the gut.

25:20 - Question about decreasing PUFA

26:50 - What are the good fats - butter, cream, coconut oil and ghee.  They help aid in your body's production of protective hormones.

27:31 - Our recommendations for people who do not want to give up their nuts and seeds - Limit your intake to once a week or once a month and check in with your digestion - Also soak your nuts and seeds, sprout them (this makes them more bioavailable ) and buy them raw and organic.  Cooking nuts and seeds in coconut oil is helpful too.


Corrections from the show: 

#1 Ghee comes from Cows but it's different than but because of the processing.  Ghee is prepared by simmering butter, which is churned from cream (traditionally made by churning yogurt), skimming any impurities from the surface, and then pouring and retaining the clear, still liquid fat, while discarding the solid residue that settled on the bottom. Spices can be added for flavor.  The texture, color, and taste of ghee depend on the quality of the butter, source of the milk used in the process and the duration of the boiling.

#2 Pufas have double carbon bonds not hydrogen bonds