Can We Eat Almonds and Walnuts Together? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: It is generally safe to eat almonds and walnuts together or one after another.

Almonds and walnuts are both healthy nuts that provide various nutrients and health benefits.

Almonds contain antioxidants, vitamin E, magnesium, and calcium, while walnuts have omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and plant sterols.

According to Ayurveda, nuts of all kinds in moderation are excellent for pacifying Vata dosha, which is the principle of movement and dryness in the body.

However, almonds with skin and black walnuts may aggravate Pitta dosha, which is the principle of heat and transformation.

Therefore, Ayurveda recommends blanching and peeling almonds and soaking them overnight to make them more digestible and less heating.

Walnuts should also be eaten in moderation and preferably with some raisins to balance their dryness.

But according to science, there is no evidence that eating almonds and walnuts together or one after another has any harmful effects on health.

On the contrary, studies show that people who eat nuts daily are at 40% less risk of getting heart disease.

Both almonds and walnuts lower the bad cholesterol, control blood sugar level, and reduce inflammation.

Almonds and walnuts are also good for the brain and the heart, as they contain healthy fats and antioxidants.

As a nutritionist, my advice is to try first. If after eating almonds and walnuts together you experience any side effects, such as indigestion, bloating, or allergic reactions, then stop combining them.

And if you can tolerate them, then continue.

However, you should be mindful of the quality and quantity of almonds and walnuts you consume.

Because nuts are high in calories and fat, and some may be contaminated with aflatoxins, which are toxins produced by fungi that can cause liver damage and cancer.

Whether you eat them together or not, you should always choose raw or dry-roasted nuts rather than nuts cooked in oil.

Because oil-roasted nuts may have more calories, salt, and trans fats, which are bad for your health.

You should also avoid nuts that are coated with sugar, chocolate, or other artificial flavors, as they add extra calories and chemicals to your diet.

You can store almonds and walnuts in an airtight container in a cool, dry, and dark place for up to six months.

Do not store them in a warm, humid, or sunny place, as they may become rancid or moldy.

Finally, remember, nuts are a nutritious and delicious snack that can improve your health and well-being.

But moderation is the key, as too much of anything can be harmful.

Aim for about 4 to 6 servings of unsalted nuts a week, and enjoy the variety and benefits of these wonderful foods.

About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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