are a frequent topic of discussion by those on the SCD.
Grinding your own
wrote: "I tried using walnuts once but they didn't grind
very well. They seemed to turn into butter to fast. They tasted
about the same as pecans or almonds."
"Walnuts have more fat than almonds and so sometimes
form butter rather than flour."
I have not used walnut flour but love using walnuts as a base
for fruit smoothies and salad dressings, and chopped in salads.
What I discovered is that it slows down my bowel movements...made
me constipated...and that's my history. Not diarrhea. They
have also been used for building physical strength. Most intestinal
disorders in this group are characterized by diarrhea. I wonder
if the walnuts would be helpful in slowing down the motility
of the intestines.
Davis points out the discussion that has gone on from time
to time about cholesterol and the SCD, given the large amounts
of eggs and meat many of us end up consuming. She passed along
this snippet of article regarding info on nuts (specifically
walnuts) and the way they lower cholesterol. Here is the URL:
Findings on Nuts, Diet, and Your Health An Australian study
published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in
1994 compared the effect of both almonds and walnuts on plasma
lipids and heart disease outcome in 16 healthy men. For 3
weeks half of the fat in the men's diet was replaced with
monounsaturated fatty acids from almonds, followed by a 3-week
phase where polyunsaturated fatty acids from walnuts were
substituted. Total fat and calories were held constant. Researchers
discovered that both nuts were effective in lowering total
and LDL cholesterol levels. HDL "good" cholesterol levels
were unchanged. By eating more than 2 ounces of walnuts each
day (approximately 1/2 cup), a 5% drop in total and 9% reduction
in LDL cholesterol was seen, translating to a 10% theoretical
decrease in the likelihood of heart disease. Almonds showed
a 7% and 10% drop in total and LDL cholesterol, respectively.
Based on these results, Mavis Abbey, study author, suggests
that to increase the proportion of heart beneficial fats,
nuts "should be included in the diet as a replacement for
some of the saturated fatty acids."
- sells pecan halves, cinnamon cookie kits, video tapes of Elaine
Gottschall, books, and other SCD-related items.
Nut Company - One customer remarked "..the
site even has a link dedicated to SCD!"
Telephone: (209) 883-0403.
of you who prefer organic nuts, I did some surfing and came across
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 atleast 3#. It's more per pound
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
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.