It’s extremely inflammatory and dangerous to your health!
They are all the same polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) and are highly susceptible to #oxidize with heat which causes free radical damage and increases oxidative stress in the body (driver of disease).
This goes for those nut and soy milk lattes everyone is obsessed with too! You should not be heating up nuts, seeds, soy or legumes no matter what form they are in. You are far better off using cow’s milk which is nutrient dense and a metabolic healing #superfood. However, if you can’t digest dairy right now and need a plant based option, I would choose coconut. I encourage you to work on healing your gut so you are able to consume dairy again.
Now #nuts and #seeds are not bad for us. Whole nuts and seeds that haven’t been taken out of their shell or exposed to light/heat contain #vitamin E which protects us against the negative effects of PUFA’s. Moderation is key!!!!
But if you are consuming these every single day whether heated or not, you are going to irritate your gut lining and may experience digestive issues like bloating or gas. This is partly due to the amount of anti-nutrients they contain. They also are culprits to destroying metabolic health which is the root cause of almost every imbalance in the body.
If you don’t believe me, take your temperature before and after you eat a plant based meal filled with nuts, seeds, legumes and soy (PUFAs) and watch your temperature decrease. This is a big sign that you have suppressed your metabolism.
Please take this information lightly and don’t go throw out the big jar of nut butter you just bought. I don’t want to create fear around food. I am simply trying to point out that plant based is not necessarily better and that heating any type of PUFA is extremely toxic.
I consume nuts, seeds and legumes probably around once a week but I make sure to buy them organic and in their whole form. I also soak them to decrease the effects of #lectins and #phytates (anti-nutrients) and I make sure to NEVER heat any of them.
If you are looking to snack on some nuts (in moderation) that are lower in PUFAs- go for macadamia nuts, cashews or #hazelnuts but still refrain from heating these.
What are PUFA’s exactly?
They are polyunsaturated fats which we see in oils like canola, safflower, grapeseed, vegetable oils etc. but they are also in things like #cod liver oil, #flaxseed, #hemp seeds and pretty much any type of nut and seed.
Saturated fats are extremely stable and will not oxidize or harm the body. Unsaturated fats on the other hand, are not stable and can cause lipid peroxidation within the body especially at high heats.
Lipid peroxidation can lead to various health issues like insulin resistance (which is why fish oil doesn’t actually improve insulin sensitivity), pre-mature aging, neurodegeneration, cardiovascular disease.
PUFA’s are also high in phytoestrogens which can act as endocrine disruptors in the body and cause inflammation and they also tend to have a high amount of anti-nutrients making them extremely hard to digest.
It’s pretty hard to avoid all PUFA’s so I just recommend reducing intake, never heating and getting enough vitamin C and vitamin E to mitigate the negative impacts.