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Júlíus G. Magnússon
08-18-2009, 08:57 PM
Not really a paleo question, just wasn't sure where else to put it.

Anyway, nuts/almonds/etc are fucking ridiculously expensive over here (non-roasted/non-salted ones anyway). And because of that, I have, in the past, resorted to drinking olive oil (Filippo Berio - Extra Virgin) straight from the bottle every now and then (so much more cost efficient Calorie wise).

What I'm wondering, is there a reason for me not to do that - other than my friends looking at me like I just ate a live puppy and calling me a wackjob of course?

Chris Salvato
08-19-2009, 04:44 PM
Well, nuts are different from oils. There is a much higher absorption rate on oils than nuts. With that in mind, you get a ton more calories (something like 50% more) from the oil or nut butters as opposed to whole nuts.

Oils/Nut Butters are better if you are trying to gain weight or be most cost effective with your calories. Whole nuts are better for losing weight.

Júlíus G. Magnússon
08-19-2009, 08:15 PM
Are you sure it's not the other way around? I was thinking that maybe the Calories from the liquid olive oil wouldn't be absorbed as well as the ones from the nuts.

Steven Low
08-19-2009, 09:17 PM
Are you sure it's not the other way around? I was thinking that maybe the Calories from the liquid olive oil wouldn't be absorbed as well as the ones from the nuts.
Nah, nuts have the fiber and other complexes that we can't digest well. Kinda like vegetables and cellulose among other things.

Júlíus G. Magnússon
08-20-2009, 08:04 AM
Awesome. Then I have a cheap, easy way of stuffing down some extra fat.