SCD Resources Section


  Walnut Information
Walnuts are a frequent topic of discussion by those on the SCD.


Grinding your own

One subscriber 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."

Reply: "Walnuts have more fat than almonds and so sometimes form butter rather than flour."


Bowel activity

Hi Phyllis, 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.
Sincerely, Sheila Shea





Denise 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:

The Latest 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."

  Walnut Vendors

SCDIET.COM - sells pecan halves, cinnamon cookie kits, video tapes of Elaine Gottschall, books, and other SCD-related items.

Hughson Nut Company - One customer remarked "..the site even has a link dedicated to SCD!"
Telephone: (209) 883-0403.

"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 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 though.
Telephone: 1-800-NUTS4U2.

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.

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.


Updated: Wednesday, 31-Dec-69 16:25:11 PST