CACHEW ON A KETOGENIC DIET?

Trust me, I know how troublesome it tends to be to dispose of food compulsion, or simply a bit of food that you like. And nuts are one of the pretty addicting foods: today, they’re all ready, easy to eat, easy to take out, and finally, when you start, you have a hard time stopping.

However, I believe that many of us have already had this experience of eating too much and then having a rather unpleasant stomach ache (but since we don’t learn from our mistakes, we start again sometime later ^^).

In short, more than any other nut, I believe that cashews are not a portion of food for the ketogenic diet. And as I know you don’t want to believe me, I’m going to put out my arguments to help you get rid of them.

WHAT ABOUT CARBOHYDRATES?

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So on the side of the rate of carbohydrates, clearly for the cashew nut, it is not brilliant! We have on average 26g of NET carbohydrates (that is to say, deduced fiber!) Per 100g.

If you eat even 30g of it, that already gives you 7.5g of carbohydrates, and let’s be honest: WHO IS STOPPING AT 30G CASHEW? A great many people will in general eat 50g bits ++… So by eating 50g of cashews, you have consumed 10g of carbohydrates or half of what you can consume during the day… And these carbohydrates were taken by the cashews, to the detriment of nutritionally interesting green vegetables or carbohydrates. And that’s a shame, because, let’s face it, cashews are NOT nutritious.

THE CASHEW IS NOT A WALNUT!

Despite its name, the cashew is not a WALNUT.

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It is a sort of bean, which is important for the vegetable family.

You will advise me: we don’t give a fuck. Well no, on the grounds that when you realize that it is a vegetable, you promptly consider DEFIANCE: the presence of phytic corrosive and harmful lectins.

Indeed, the bean species containing the cashew (the green stuff) hangs underneath the organic product (the yellow squash-formed stuff).

Thanks to the lectins contained in the beans, the tribes of the Amazon rainforest had learned to throw away the NUTS, to eat only the fruit. (Of which today we have almost forgotten the existence!)

As an example, it is mentioned in Steven Gundry’s book ( The Plant Paradox ), that workers who harvest cashews are now forced to wear gloves because the shell protecting the cashew is so irritating.

Also, the aggressiveness of the lectins contained in cashew makes it one of the most allergenic nuts (along with peanuts). There are a lot of studies (including this one: dermatitis associated with kosher but consumption ) that shed light on allergies, skin rashes, and other reactions that result from their consumption.

If you want to better understand the lectin problem, refer to this article where I explain very simply how it works. (without ordering you).

PHYTIC ACID

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So many of you will be thinking: yes, but I don’t have an allergy.

This is a good point for you indeed. Except that not content with containing lectins, cashew also contains a harmful substance called PHYTIC ACID.


INTESTINAL POROSITY

Phytic acid is a very aggressive substance for the intestine, which will generate intestinal porosity. By stimulating the production of zonulin, phytic acid will generate power to open the tight junctions of your intestinal mucosa and create this problematic porosity.

Intestinal hyper-porosity ( leaky gut syndrome ) results in strong inflammation, as well as immunity and metabolism problems, not to mention autoimmune diseases and other more serious disorders.

ANTI-NUTRIENT

Finally, it is important to remember that phytic acid is what is called an ANTI-NUTRIENT: it prevents you from absorbing the nutrients contained in the product. So, when we sell you for example that the cashew nut is rich in minerals, well YES, it is rich in minerals, but NOT YOU, because you will not be able to absorb them.

In short.

If you want to get rid of this toxic substance, you will have to soak your cashews overnight: you will thus eliminate a large part of them.

SHOULD they BE EXCLUDED?

In conclusion, as always, I would tell you that eating a few cashews now and then is not going to harm you or destroy your gut overnight.

HOWEVER, there are certain circumstances where I strongly recommend that you avoid them:

high intestinal porosity: if you already have marked intestinal porosity (constipation, diarrhea, allergies, reactivity to histamine, candidiasis, etc.), do not have fun eating it too often. The lectins + phytic acid combination is too aggressive for your already weakened intestine.
strong inflammation: if your digestive system is already suffering from inflammation, avoid them too. Special warning for people who have an autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis: avoid them COMPLETELY.

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