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Nuts are a great source of healthy fats, nutrients and anti-oxidants. But just like anything in life, too much of a good thing is bad for you. So, how much is too much and what are the side-effects of eating too many nuts?

Dietitians recommend eating one to two handfuls of nuts a day. This is equivalent to 30 to 60 grams, respectively. The problem occurs when we consume over 100 grams on a regular basis. Here are the two worst ways nuts can negatively affect your health when you eat too many.

  1. Quick Weight Gain

    Nuts are known for their weight loss benefits. But eat more than the recommended daily handfuls and you’re guaranteed to gain weight. And much quicker than if you were overeating on other foods. This is because nuts have more energy per grams than most other foods.

  2. Digestive Problems

    Feeling gassy and bloated is a common side-effect of exceeding the recommended handfuls. This is thanks to compounds found in nuts called phytates and tannins, which make them difficult to digest.

To avoid these negative affect make sure you repack your nut snacks into 30 gram portions. Alternatively, if you’re living in South Africa, simplify your life by subscribing to a monthly box or try a once off box. We’ll send you a month’s supply of healthy snacks in 30g biodegradable packets.

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