I'm often caught listening to Dr. Cummings give me an update on information that is just coming to light and damn, if I don't write it down, I'm in trouble.
That's what happened here.
She was telling me about how eating too much peanut butter isn't healthy, especially when combined with eating meat.
I've asked for another update (why oh why didn't I take notes the first time? Sorry Dr. C) and until then I'm filling in with what I've been able to come up with after doing some research.
First off, it's a legume, not a nut. Which means it doesn't have that hard shell to protect it. Peanuts are very prone to mold because of their soft shell and so farmers use pesticides to combat it.
Unfortunately, its thin, permeable shell also allows toxins from the pesticides to be absorbed more readily into the peanut. This puts it on the 'Make Sure It's Organic' List.
Second, along with other legumes (like soy) peanuts contain an anti-nutrient called Lectin. If you'd like to read more about them, here's a link to a thorough examination of what they are and what they do.
The short version is that they bind sugar to the cell's membrane. Making them difficult to digest. They cause an auto immune response which leads to join pain and inflammation. They can also affect weight loss since they mimic insulin behaviors.
Third, they are high in Omega-6 fatty acids. The Standard American Diet's (SAD) already high level of Omega-6s is out of balance with the level of Omega-3s, leading to increased inflammation and heart disease among other health issues.
If you haven't already, give it a try. In it's raw, organic form it's a little sweet, high in protein, magnesium, manganese and vitamin E. A little goes and long way, so be careful not to overdo it.
I use it in my daily green smoothie, as a quick snack smeared on apple slices.
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