It is important to understand that not all fats are harmful. The omega-3 fatty acids and monounsaturated fats improve insulin function. One study of 86,000 women followed over 16 years, in the Nurses Health Study, found that those who consumed one ounce of nuts five times per week decreased their risk of Type-2 diabetes by 27 percent. Evidence suggests that a raw, plant-source-only diet, moderately high in walnuts and almonds, may be helpful in the prevention of diabetes and in regulating glycemic control. This may be because the omega-3 and 6 fatty acids in proper 1:2 ratio and the monounsaturated fats act to strengthen and repair the cell membrane structure and function. The wrong types of fats in our diets create an abnormal cell membrane structure, leading to impaired action of insulin.
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Raw Nut Trail Mix
- 1/2 C. walnuts
- 1/2 C. almonds
- 1/2 C. pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 C. sunflower seeds
- 1/2 C. pecans
Soak with 3 or 10 percent hydrogen peroxide (food grade) for 20 minutes and then rinse well. Soak with clean water for six more hours. Drain the water and season. For a simple delicious seasoning, just sprinkle with Himalayan Salt or Transformational Salts and dehydrate at 115° for 24 hours or until crispy. They will be nice and crunchy, ready to eat, and better than roasted nuts! Seal in an airtight container and use as needed. They will be good for about 1 month. (if using a conventional oven please set oven to it’s lowest temperature, spread the nuts across a baking pan lined with parchment paper, place baking pan in oven, keep oven door open slightly, check in 12 hours. Add time if not crispy enough. Conventional ovens dehydrate more quickly so usually time is cut in half.)
Variation in flavors:
- Savory: 1 Tbsp. turmeric, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. cardamom, salt to taste
- Sweet: 1 Tbsp. cinnamon, pinch of salt, 2 tsp. xylitol, 1 Tbsp. maca
- Italian: 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil, Italian seasoning, fresh tomatoes, cubed, garlic powder or fresh, crushed red pepper (for a spicy flavor).
Mix all with trail mix and dehydrate until all is crispy.
This recipe comes from Dr. Cousens’ There is a Cure for Diabetes book.