Nuts

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Nuts are a healthy, handy and delicious SCD ingredient. Nut flours are used to substitute for wheat or rice flour in baking bread, muffins, pancakes, cake, etc.

You can make your own nut flour in a food chopper/grinder. Process in short bursts. Do not process for too long or the nuts will become nut butter. Almond flour can be purchased. See Almond Flour. Pecan or walnut flour can be made at home in a small food chopper/grinder.

Generally speaking, nuts should be raw and unsalted because unallowed ingredients may be used in the process of roasting and/or salting. Note that ingredients used in processing may or may not be included on the label. Dry roasting is usually okay.

Almonds are best tolerated if they are blanched (the dark inner skin has been removed). Dry roasting is usually okay. It is generally better to get whole nuts. Purchasing shelled nuts is okay. Walnut halves are okay.

Nuts increase eating satisfaction and makes your meal last a little longer. Nuts lower "bad" LDL cholesterol and are rich in antioxidants, protein, fiber and unsaturated oils. ("Go Nuts," AARP Magazine, December 2011).

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