Greg Scott Posted November 15, 2015 Report Share Posted November 15, 2015 Can someone recommend a few kinds of nuts that would provide varied nutrients, and are not too pricey? See Dean's reply for link to other discussion. (Remember, searching the forum is your friend!) I hope this isn't another case where I miss a highly relevant post, but at least this time I did some searching before posting this. This post merely outlines why I have started popping pills. Certainly those who cook food or buy processed foods have more choices than I. I prefer raw food, and have never wanted to spend time cooking any food. I am one of those fruitarians who doesn't eat nuts or seeds. Wikipedia: Fruitarianism states: Fruitarianism is a diet that consists entirely or primarily of fruits in the botanical sense, and possibly nuts and seeds, without animal products. Well when I started out 43 years ago, it just didn't occur to me that nuts were part of a fruitarian regimen. Later I learned that nuts are fruit: A nut in botany is a simple dry fruit with one seed (rarely two) in which the ovary wall becomes very hard (stony or woody) at maturity, and where the seed remains unattached or free within the ovary wall. Who knew? Not I. But anyway, that's a technicality, not a reason to impose nuts on oneself. I have nothing against nuts or seeds. I just never bothered with them, that's all. But after CHRON-O-Meter revealed a selenium deficiency, I looked into adding some nuts or seeds that contain selenium. I had already been warned off Brazil nuts as having the potential to provide a toxic overdose of selenium. According to CHRON-O-Meter, one would have to consume: walnuts: 1308 kcal in 200g to boost selenium intake by 18% almonds: 1150 kcal in 200g to boost selenium intake by 9% Other nut options suggested by CHRON-O-Meter's "Ask the Oracle" didn't appeal to me (e.g. Seeds, sunflower seed kernels, dry roasted, with salt added), but the Oracle did draw my attention to "Chia seeds" (which I am unfamiliar with):chia seeds: 972 kcal in 200g to boost selenium intake by 201%That's more like it! I used 200g for easy comparison with walnuts and almonds, but 100% selenium RDA is provided by:chia seeds: 486 kcal in 100g to boost selenium intake by 100%There are other sources of selenium, so a smaller serving of chia seeds might suffice:chia seeds: 243 kcal in 50g to boost selenium intake by 50%After this investigation, I'm still not keen about nuts and seeds. I've never taken pills for nutrients, until recently when I followed Dean's advice and started getting B12 from a pill rather than from yeast flakes, and that seems satisfactory. So I've decided to get selenium from a pill. Sources of various micronutrients are listed in Dean's extremely helpful post Dean's Vegan Supplement Regime. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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