Haven't been posting for quite a while, but thought I would share my experience in case it helps anyone else: I LOVE almonds! But I discovered they do not love me.
For the past several years I have been finding that my joints have been stiffening up - feet, knees, hips, hands - like arthritis and also loss of muscle strength to boot. It was getting so bad I couldn't even hold my flute to play. I figured it was part of getting older.
Then a few months ago I realized I had been better the week before. When I thought back, the only difference had not been eating any ALMONDS. So I decided not to eat any nuts in any form for several days and see what happened. I stopped on an afternoon, ate none the next day, and when I woke up the 3rd day it was as if NOTHING had happened for the 2+ years before. There was complete freedom. I was stunned.
I did not eat any nuts for the next 2 weeks. No problems at all. So I decided to experiment: I ate 8 almonds, and lo and behold, 6 hours later my hands and hips had stiffened up again.
I do not test for any allergic reaction to nuts, but there is definitely a problem. I have shared this with Teresa, and she agrees I am having some kind of a reaction.
Hope this might help someone else!
Keep Tappin' <img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>with joy - Ann