Slow carb and peanuts

Roasted, salted and sometimes with BBQ spices. One of the most delicious things I can think of as a snack, but are peanuts going to stop you losing weight on the slow carb diet?

Peanuts have a similar composition to almonds, and other nuts, which puts them in a place with high fat content, moderate protein and low carbohydrates. That said, they have more carbohydrates than almonds, and some other nuts (like macadamias).

The slow carb diet is about eating regular meals, that are complete with protein, vegetables and some high fiber carbohydrates – generally legumes like beans or lentils.

So are peanuts compatible with this approach? After all, Tim Ferriss recommends eating almonds if you’re stuck in an airport.

The simple answer is that peanuts are best avoided in general for three reasons:

  1. Nuts in general aren’t a great idea on the slow carb diet, because they pack a load of energy into a small space, and also don’t contribute a lot of protein. If you’re needing to snack, increase the size of your meals.
  2. The contain more carbohydrates than other nuts like natural almonds or macadamias.
  3. Peanuts are generally available in a roasted state – which means they have been cooked with oil, often a cheap oil that is high in Omega 6 (not great for health).
Peanuts would be ok if you found yourself stuck, in an airport that doesn’t sell almonds. Ideally this doesn’t happen to you more than once every 6 months. If it does, then you might need a different plan.

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