What's Going On with Peanut Butter!
EDIT: Dr. Cummings sent me over to The China Study to get the full skinny on peanuts and aflatoxins. What I found was mold that can grow on the shells of peanuts are high in aflatoxins. Meat eaters in particular, are vulnerable to developing cancer when exposed to higher levels of aflatoxins. Read more about it HERE.
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.
There seem to be a few issues with peanut butter.
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.
What are the options? Almond butter! (Or Sunflower Butter - Thanks Terren!)
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 a long way so be careful not to overdo it.
use it in my daily green smoothie and as a quick snack smeared on apple slices.
Wait, did that seem too easy? Lolz! Good! It gets easier the more you do it too ;)
Here's a recipe for it. Click the link to download it and the rest of ---> 5 Day No-Sugar Menu Plan and Shopping List that we use for Fresh Start!
If you want to create simple ways to eat that support your health and feel like it's all too much, just start by making small additions to your daily routine. Try the above No Sugar Meal Plan for a few days.
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