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  Almond Information
Almonds are a frequent topic of discussion by those on the SCD.

 

Nutritious

"This little, great-tasting nut is pure and concentrated health!

Almonds contain more vitamin E than almost any other kind of food. There are 24 mg vitamin E in a 100 grams of almonds. There are numerous minerals in a concentrated form - especially magnesium, calcium, and phosphorous. Almonds also contain healthy fat acids. Almonds contain 39 grams of fat per 100 grams, equal to 64% fat energy, but if you don't have trouble with your weight, feel free to munch because the kind of fat in almonds is the healthy kind. Almonds contain 9 grams of fiber and 20 grams of protein per 100 grams." (-Mik )

"Hi, My bag says: per 1/3 cup
energy............191cal/800kj
protein............6.2 g
total fat...........16g
total carbs.......5.6g
sugars............1.7g
starch.............3.9g
fibre...............2.9g
sodium..........3mg potassium......225mg."

Conduct your own search
on the USDA site.

 

Bowel activity

One subscriber wrote: "Hi everyone, As I mentioned a few weeks ago things have been going great for me until this week. I've been on the diet 9 months now. The two things that are different is that I ate grapes early in the week and I've been using the Dutch Valley Pecan Meal **. I made some nut flour cookies and had about 4 of them the day that I ate a few grapes. The next day I had quite a bit of bowel activity. I layed off the grapes but continued to eat the cookies the next few days. Things did not improve. So I stopped eating anything made with the nut flour and things have quieted down again. Is it possible that there is something in the nut flour that's not ok? It does taste a bit different than when I had ground pecans myself. Anyone else notice a problem with this flour?"
-Cheryl

Reply: "The Nut meal especially as cookies is really for the advanced people who have very little symptoms. the dry gritty nature of nut meal can be a mechanical abrasive to the bowel lining. Certainly if there is any grittiness in your stool after eating nuts, avoid them until it heals completely. Even if there is not, eat them with caution."

** Editor's note: several SCD listserve members have complained of problems with Dutch Valley products. Other sources are recommended on the right side of this page.

 

Almond milk

Almond milk is an ingredient common in Medieval European recipes, particularly in Lenten dishes (milk, eggs, and meat broth all being forbidden in Lent). The beverages page has a basic recipe.

 

Nut butter

Here are various ways to make nut butter (almond, cashew, pecan..).

 

 

Cooking with almonds             

Bill Homan writes: "If you haven't yet baked with the nut flour, it definitely makes this diet more tolerable. I find the muffins are the easiest to bake, and a couple of them a day helped stabilize my weight. (Try cutting them in half, toasting them, and spreading butter or peanut butter on them.)

If you can get the DCCC, the "Lois" bread is also very good, especially if you toast it. (It's not the same as whole wheat, but I'll get over it.) It's harder (more time and prep) to bake, and, since it doesn't really "rise" like wheat bread, one loaf doesn't last too long. Since I started using a food processor, it comes out much smoother and more bread-like. And if you cut the whole loaf in half, and then slice it sideways, the slices are about the same size as regular bread.

Regarding recipes, as you may know, the SCD is often compared to the Atkins diet which seeks to reduce or eliminate carbohydrates. (The Atkins diet is actually *very* different from the SCD, and even more controversial, but it's similiarities to SCD are interesting.) Anyway, when I ran across "Dr. Atkins's Quick and Easy New Diet Cookbook" at a local bookstore, I picked it up to browse. It has a few recipes that comply with SCD guidelines, including some appealing ideas for vegetable dishes and sauces. At $12.95, I figure it's worth looking at. bhoman @ transart.com

  Almond Vendors

Almondsonline.com - sells almond flour in 3 lb. bags for $ 9.95 and 5 lb. bags for $15.95.

Hughson Nut Company - sells almond flour in 25 lb. bags for $3.50/lb. One customer remarked "..It is nearly white in color, and is MUCH finer than what you get from running almonds through a Cuisinart machine..the site even has a link dedicated to SCD!" Telephone: (209) 883-0403.

Lucy's Kitchen Shop / SCDKitchen.com

IntestinalHealth.com

Trader Joe's - with stores scattered throughout the U.S., they sell walnuts, pecans, almonds, and cashews in many varieties (raw, blanched, salted..). Laura happily grinds her own almond flour from TJ's blanched almonds in a Cuisinart Pro Custom 11.

"For those of you who prefer organic nuts, I did some surfing and came across LivingTree Community" -Alison

Nuts 4 U - Lori wrote: "Most seem to get their nut flour from Hughson Nuts, but it only comes in 25# increments. I have been on the diet for 2 weeks now and I bought mine from "Nuts 4 U". (No, I am not joking :). You can find them at www.nuts4u.com. You can get as small amounts as 1# or 3# of blanched almond flour to test it out first. I'd go with at least 3#. It's more per pound though...You can also call them at 1-800-NUTS4U2." They carry walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, macadamias, cashews, blanched almonds, and natural almonds.

Mixed Nuts in Belmont, Mass. - They carry all kinds of nuts and nut flours, raw nuts, and dried fruits. The Almond flour is $7/pound I think. That is pretty steep, but at least I know I can get it locally if I really need it. - Brian
Telephone: 1-800-466-3022.

Sunnyland Farms offers many nuts and dried fruits, including pecans, cashews, macadamias, mixed nuts, apricots, dates, and more. According to Nancy T., "They also offer a ready-to-use Pecan meal. It is less expensive than the whole pecans and very convenient. Just be aware that every item you make with this will come out dark colored. Items may look like they're burning but they're not. Just experiment with it. It is delicious."

Goodnut.com was suggested by Anne in Canada (see her note about international shipping options).

In the UK: Almonds, walnuts, pecans, and more can be purchased from HBS Foods Ltd, Unit 6, Washington Centre, Halesowen Road, Dudley, W. Midlands DY2 9RE, and from Tom Anderson @ tel: 0191 2368350.

In Canada: check your local John Vince store. According to Art Dugout, check out your local "Ambrosia stores, Bulk Barn, or other bulk /health food stores...I ordered an 11.34Kg box from Johnvince's Warehouse in Downsview (Toronto) for $79.38. You just call 416-636-6146 EXT #1 and just order a box (Code #13009) and you can pick it up the next day."

Also in Canada, visit the uclbs.org site, click on the Resources link.

Brett in Australia suggests two sources in Australia:

  • The Nut Stand Co. 56-54 McCauley St., Alexandria, NSW 2015. 02-9319-4143.
  • Almdondco Australia Ltd., Stuart Highway, Renmark, South Australia. 08-8595-1770.

Click here for Walnut resources.

 

Updated: Thursday, 23-Nov-17 09:56:30 PST