I’m disappointed with the alkaline nuts list. Not because there are no alkaline nuts – they just don’t get eaten enough to appear on the key foods list.
All is not lost. One objective for my latest alkaline foods lists was to reduce the amount of duplication in my original charts. I decided to do this by using the USDA Key Foods list instead of the full database. I always knew I would have to add other less popular foods, and now is certainly the time.
If you like chestnuts, pine nuts or pumpkin and squash seeds, please talk about them in the Foodary healthy eating forum, and I’ll add them to the list. How about other alkaline nuts or seeds? Please share your experiences and together we can improve the alkaline nuts list. Note that I’m not asking you to supply nutritional information. Just tell me what alkaline nuts and seeds you are most interested in, and I will obtain the nutrient data. You can start by looking at my old nuts and seeds chart.
As you can see from the table below, nuts are high in calories, so it is important to add them sparingly to your diet. However, nuts and seeds are also rich in other important nutrients. If you allocate 100 calories or so from your daily allowance to healthy nuts, then you could improve your diet. Indeed recent research has prompted the FDA to allow some nuts to carry the claim that they can be healthy. Look for products labeled with a claim that eating one ounce of nuts per day could reduce heart risk.
As well as fiber, which I already include in my new alkaline foods lists, nuts are also good sources of:
- Vitamin E
- Folic acid
- Unsaturated fats
If you have been told that any of these nutrients are good for your health, please share your experiences and opinions in the healthy eating forum.