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Dr. Sebi Nuts, Seeds And Oils List

This is a list of all the nuts, seeds and oil that you can eat and enjoy while on the Dr. Sebi alkaline diet.

So why do we typically lump all of these diverse fruits (or seeds, or legumes) together and call them “nuts?” Well, in the world of cooking, they are all considered delicious fruit. Technically, the nut is a seed or dry fruit that is hidden inside a hard shell. For culinary uses, they have been characterized by being oily and can be used as a source of fats and oil. They are also good for preparing sauces and healthy dressings. take a look at the approved list of nuts, seeds, and oils in Dr. Sebi’s nutritional guide. We will also find out which ones are alkaline and best for us.

Dr. Sebi has spent quite a lot of time studying and learning about many food types including seeds, nuts, and oil. He has a list of recommendation.

Dr. Sebi says:

“Use avocado oil and grape seed oil for high-temperature cooking, coconut oil and olive oil for uncooked meals. Oxidative stability is how resistant an oil is to reacting with oxygen, breaking down and potentially producing harmful compounds while exposed to continuous heat.”

Oils are highly nutritious, but on the other hand, they are very sensitive when you heat them at high temperatures! With frying and cooking, you can do more harm to your body than reap any benefits. When most oils are heated, their chemical structure changes, they became unstable and more open to oxidative stress, and hence become highly inflammatory. Oils that are oxidized are toxic to the body. These toxins are what make polyunsaturated cooking oils with multiple double bonds very unhealthy. These oils are highly unstable and can be detrimental to health. And it’s not just in your food alone. Inhaling these oils when frying is as bad if not worse! They’re potential the root causes of many degenerative diseases we have today.

List of Dr. Sebi Approved Nuts, Seeds, and Oils

Nuts & Seeds (Includes nut & seed butter)

  • Brazil Nuts – (added)
  • Hemp Seed (added)
  • Hazelnuts – (removed)
  • Pine Nuts – (removed)
  • Raw Almonds and Almond butter- (removed)
  • Raw Sesame Seeds
  • Raw Sesame “Tahini” Butter
  • Walnuts

Oils (this section was newly added by Dr. Sebi). Minimize the use of oils.

  • Olive Oil (Do not cook)
  • Coconut Oil (Do not cook)
  • Grapeseed Oil (added)
  • Sesame Oil (added)
  • Hempseed Oil (added)
  • Avocado Oil (added)

NOTE: While these nuts, seeds, and oils are considered alkaline and healthy, Dr. Sebi advises to limit the use of oils as much as possible, especially if trying to heal or recover from a disease. It is also worth mentioning that Dr. Sebi had spent time researching cannabis and cannabis oil and their value for epilepsy. Hi says that cannabis oil brings more oxygen to the brain and may help in the management of epilepsy. 

What nuts are alkaline and approved?

The pH scale is often scientifically used to describe the acidity or alkalinity of a substance. It ranges from 0 to 14. A pH of 7.0 is neutral, a pH lower than 7.0 is acidic, and a pH more than 7.0 is alkaline. The body’s normal pH goes from 7.2 to 7.4. This value is important for health. We can arrange the nuts from most alkaline to neutral and acid based on the pH scale. As you can see here, the critical info to know is that not a single nut represents a highly alkaline food. Therefore, the most alkaline nuts include:

  • Almonds 
  • Brazilian nuts 
  • Peanuts 
  • Hazelnuts
  • Acorns
  • Pecans 

Related: How To Start The Dr. Sebi Alkaline Diet

Table: Alkalinity (pH values) Of Seeds and Nuts

Related: Dr. Sebi Vegetables List

Initially Almonds and Almond butter are considered alkaline and were originally part of the list, Dr. Sebi disapproved of them and they was later taken off the list.

The reason is that Almonds contain CYANIDE, which is poisonous. Cyanide is the same ingredient that is used to poison people, so it’s no surprise that Dr. Sebi thought it best to remove almonds from his food list.

it’s worth noting that while the amount of cyanide in a single almond is not enough to cause harm, consuming a large number of almonds could potentially be lethal. For this reason, Dr. Sebi removed almonds from his food list in 2016.

Almonds are also one of the most unethical foods you can eat. The reason for this is that almonds are incredibly water-intensive to grow. In fact, it takes about 1.1 gallons of water to produce a single almond.

What Nuts Does Dr. Sebi recommend?

Dr. Sebi’s list of approved nuts may surprise you. Gone are the days of noshing on roasted hazelnuts and enjoying the occasional bowl of pine nuts.

On his list of approved nuts, Dr. Sebi has only specific nuts that are good for you, and you can add them to your diet. Nuts are highly nutritious food with high energy that comes from the fat content, and that is why you should consume them only in moderation and in small amounts. 

Now, according to Sebi, only two types of nuts are worthy of consumption: Brazil nuts and walnuts. Brazil nuts, also known as coumarou, are packed with selenium, a mineral that has been shown to protect against cancer.

This is the list of Dr. Sebi-approved nuts (including nut butter)

  • Brazil Nuts – (added)
  • Walnuts
  • Hazelnuts – (removed)
  • Pine Nuts – (removed)
  • Raw Almonds and Almond butter- (removed)

1. Brazil Nuts

Brazil nuts are tree nuts with origin from the Amazon rainforest in Bolivia, Peru, and Brazil. They have a buttery, smooth texture and nutty flavor.

The Brazil nut is a true nut, not a seed like most nuts. It grows in a pod that contains anywhere from 15 to 25 nuts. Brazil nuts are creamy-white with a delicate flavor and are encased in a hard, dark brown shell.

These nuts are energy dense, highly nutritious, and one of the most concentrated dietary sources of the mineral selenium.

2. Walnuts

Firstly found in the Mediterranean region and central Asia. The nuts are an extra source of omega-3 fatty acids and natural antioxidants like vitamin E.

Walnuts are the edible seeds of the walnut tree. They are encased in a hard, dark brown shell and have a rich, buttery flavor. Walnuts are a good source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids.

Walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been linked to a host of health benefits, including improved brain function and a lower risk of heart disease.

Unapproved Nuts

It’s no secret that nuts are packed with healthy fats, fiber, and protein. But not all nuts are created equal. In fact, some nuts are downright unhealthy. Here are 15 of the worst offenders:

While nuts are generally considered to be a healthy snack, there are some varieties that are better for you than others. Here are 15 of the most healthy nuts that are not approved in the alkaline vegan diet:

Hazelnut, which is originally part of the list is now removed. They are the edible seeds of the hazel tree. Also known as cobnuts or filberts, hazelnuts are small and spherical with a smooth, brown shell. The flavor of hazelnuts is often described as being sweet and nutty.

Cashews: Though they’re often touted as healthy food, cashews are actually loaded with fat and calories. Just a handful of cashews contain nearly as much saturated fat as a hamburger.

Pine nuts, also now removed from the list, are the edible seeds of certain pine Trees. They are small, elongated, and have a pointed end. Pine nuts have a sweet, rich flavor and are often used in Mediterranean and Asian cuisine.

Macadamia nuts: Like other nuts, macadamias are high in fat and calories. But they also contain a toxin that can be fatal to dogs, so it’s best to keep them away from your furry friends.

Pistachios: These popular snacks are high in calories and fat, and they’re also one of the most allergenic nuts. They can cause serious allergic reactions in some people, so it’s best to avoid them if you’re susceptible to allergies.

Hazelnuts: Hazelnuts contain a compound that can release harmful toxins into the air when heated (such as when roasted), so it’s best to avoid them if you have asthma or other respiratory conditions. Additionally, hazelnuts are one of the most allergenic nuts out there, so it’s best to steer clear if you’re susceptible to allergies.

Peanuts: Peanuts are technically not a nut, but they’re often grouped with nuts because of their similar nutritional profile. Like other nuts, peanuts are high in fat and calories. But they’re also a common allergen that can cause serious reactions in some people.

Almonds: Though they’re often promoted as a health food, almonds are actually one of the most calorie-dense nuts. They’re also high in omega-6 fatty acids, which can promote inflammation.

Pecans: Pecans are yet another allergenic nut that can cause severe reactions in some people. They’re also high in calories and fat, making them an unhealthy choice for those watching their weight.

What Seeds and Oils does Dr. Sebi approves?

Seeds and oils are an essential and inevitable part of the human diet, and they have many essential nutrients that your body needs in order to stay healthy and vital. For example, eating oils with the salad allows you to absorb lipid-soluble vitamins like K, A, D, and E.

On the other hand, oils and seeds contain unsaturated fatty acids that protect your body and give you plain energy. 

Dr. Sebi has a specific list of god-made seeds, and the list is a combination of highly alkaline seeds and oils. Dr. Sebi approves of seeds and oil like hempseeds, grapeseeds, avocado oil, olive oil, coconut oil, and raw sesame seeds. However, olive oil and coconut oil are not to be cooked.

As any health-conscious person knows, what you put into your body is just as important as what you don’t. That’s why it’s important to make sure you’re getting all the nutrients your body TRULY needs. And not artificial, man-made, or heavily processed commercial foods.

And one of the best ways to do this is by eating foods that are natural, and rich in healthy fats and oils. Fortunately, there are plenty of delicious options to choose from.

Here are 9 Dr. Sebi-approved seeds and oils that are sure to give your body the nourishment it needs:

  • Hemp Seeds 
  • Raw Sesame Seeds
  • Raw Sesame “Tahini” Butter
  • Olive oil – not to be cooked
  • Coconut Oil – not to be cooked
  • Grapeseed Oil 
  • Sesame Oil 
  • Hempseed Oil 
  • Avocado Oil 

1. Hemp seeds

Dr. Sebi approved Seeds and Oils are a great way to get your essential fatty acids and other nutrients. Hemp seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for maintaining heart health and preventing chronic diseases,

Because they are a rich source of protein, it makes a great protein source in this diet. In fact, hempseeds are one of my favorites protein sources. I usually add them to smoothies and sprinkle over salads and dressings.

2. Raw sesame seeds

Sesame seeds are another great option, as they are a good source of calcium and other minerals. Sesame seeds are a rich source of magnesium, copper, and zinc, which are all essential minerals for the human body. As well as being a delicious snack on their own, raw sesame seeds are also rich in magnesium, copper, calcium, and vitamin B1.

3. Raw Sesame “Tahini” Butter

For those looking for a more unusual option, raw sesame “tahini” butter is a delicious and nutritious alternative to traditional peanut butter. “Tahini” butter is also a good source of calcium and phosphorus, making it a perfect addition to any diet.

4. Olive Oil

Of course, no list of Dr. Sebi-approved seeds and oils would be complete without olive oil and coconut oil. These two oils are not only amazing for your skin, but they also have numerous health benefits.

Olive oil is not recommended for cooking, but it is a healthy option for salad dressings or as a Dip. Olive oil is a great source of monounsaturated fats, which have been linked to numerous health benefits including reduced inflammation and improved heart health.

It’s also low in “bad” LDL cholesterol and high in “good” HDL cholesterol, making it an ideal choice for those with cholesterol concerns.

5. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is also not recommended for cooking, but it can be used in baking or as a moisturizer. Coconut oil is a healthy option that’s high in saturated fats. Unlike other saturated fats though, coconut oil has been shown to boost “good” HDL cholesterol levels while reducing “bad” LDL cholesterol levels.

Last but not least, grapeseed oil, sesame oil, hempseed oil, and avocado oil are all excellent choices for cooking or dressing salads.

So whether you’re following the Dr. Sebi diet or just looking to add some healthy options to your diet, be sure to check out his list of approved seeds and oils.

6. Grapeseed Oil

Grapeseed oil is a healthy option for cooking or baking, and it has a high smoke point so it won’t burn easily. Grapeseed oil is a light but flavorful option that’s rich in antioxidants and vitamin E. It’s also a good source of polyunsaturated fatty acids like omega-3s.

7. Sesame Oil

Sesame oil is another healthy option for cooking or baking, and it has a nutty flavor that goes well with many dishes. Sesame oil has a nutty flavor that’s perfect for dressing salads or stir-fries. It’s also a good source of vitamin E and phytosterols, which can help lower cholesterol levels.

8. Hempseed oil

This is a good option for body-building vegans because it is high in protein. Hempseed oil is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, making it a great choice for those looking to improve their heart health. It’s also high in gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which has been shown to reduce inflammation.

9. Avocado Oil

Avocado oil is another healthy option for cooking or baking, and it is rich in monounsaturated fats, which is believed to be healthier. Avocado oil is a delicious option that’s crammed full of antioxidants and healthy monounsaturated fats.

What Seeds and Oils are not approved?

Here is a list of the unapproved seeds/oils in the alkaline vegan diet:

Cottonseed oil: Cottonseed oil is commonly used in processed foods. It’s high in unhealthy saturated fats and has been linked to an increased risk of cancer.

Canola oil: This widely used oil is actually a genetically engineered product. It’s high in unhealthy omega-6 fatty acids and has been linked to inflammation.

Pumpkin Seeds: While pumpkin seeds are a good source of magnesium, they’re also high in zinc, which can lead to zinc toxicity if consumed in large quantities.

Rapeseed oil: This oil is extracted from rapeseed, a type of mustard seed. Mustard seeds are known to contain high levels of erucic acid, which can be harmful to your heart.

Corn oil: Corn oil is also high in omega-6 fatty acids and has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease.

Palm oil: Palm oil is a common ingredient in processed foods. It’s high in unhealthy saturated fats and has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease.

Soybean oil: Soybean oil is another common cooking oil. It’s high in unhealthy omega-6 fatty acids and has been linked to an increased risk of cancer.

Black Seed Oil: This oil is made from the black seeds of the Nigella sativa plant. Although black seed oil has been traditionally used as a natural remedy for a variety of ailments, it can also cause liver damage and gastrointestinal upset.

Sunflower oil: Sunflower oil is often touted as a healthy cooking oil. However, it’s high in unhealthy omega-6 fatty acids and has been linked to inflammation.

Flaxseeds: These nutritious seeds are a good source of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, but they can also contain high levels of cyanide, which is poisonous if consumed in large amounts.

Chia Seeds: Chia seeds are rich in fiber and antioxidants, but they can also absorb large amounts of water and expand in the stomach, leading to intestinal discomfort.

Fennel Seeds: These seeds are a popular ingredient in Indian cuisine, but they can also have negative effects on your health. Fennel seeds contain compounds that can mimic the hormones in our bodies, leading to potentially dangerous side effects.

However, Black seed oil is great as a topical application for many hair and skin problems.

Mustard seeds are also high in saturated fat, and they also contain a compound that can irritate the skin.

Other unhealthy fat/oils include animal-based and processed fat like:

Lard: Lard is made from pig fat and is also high in saturated fats. It’s often used in baking and can be harmful to your health.

Margarine: Margarine is made from vegetable oils and typically contains trans fats, which are harmful to your health.

Shortening: Shortening is made from soybean or cottonseed oil and also contains trans fats. It’s often used in baked goods and can be harmful to your health.

Bacon fat: Bacon fat is high in unhealthy saturated fats and has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease.