Sunday, January 3, 2010

The Hidden Dangers of Peanuts and Avoiding it

Yes, while peanuts are extremely healthy food, but there are a few things you need to know before consuming them.

First, purchase an organic brand of peanut butter. Peanuts have large amounts of pesticides used on them. Also, most commercial brands of peanut butter contain all types of added ingredients and fillers which you do not need. Organic brands usually do not. Sugar-free organic brands would be my top pick. Arrowhead Mills and Maranatha make some good organic brands.

Second, there is a mold that is often created on the peanut known as aflatoxin. This natural carcinogen is a very potent cancer causing agent that has been known to cause liver cancer and other negative effects. There is a slight risk for aflatoxin poisoning if you live in America but to reduce this risk follow this advice:
Buy all peanuts products from America. Aflatoxin and its dangers are literally unknown in America due to regulation and awareness. Most problems usually occur overseas so be sure to buy your peanuts from the USA.

Purchase pre-packaged organic roasted peanut butter. Prepacked peanut butter is less likely to have aflatoxin than self-grinding brands. Organic Valencia peanut butter is one of the least likely varieties to contain aflatoxin. Do noy buy do yourself peanut butter from a health food store.
Store peanut butter in a refrigerator. Discard in the rare case that it becomes moldly.
Buy organic, roasted peanuts (shelled or unshelled) at the grocery store that have been prepackaged. Valenica peanuts are least likely to have aflatoxin. Buy in small quantities and discard nuts after about a month.

Do not bulk peanuts in bulk nor grind your own peanut butter from a health food store. Studies have shown that do it yourself peanut butter has a higher amount of aflatoxin due to the fact that peanuts will be sitting out in the air for weeks if not months. This is also the reason why you should not buy peanuts in bulk either due to a higher risk of contamination.

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1 comment:

a bunch of lady runners said...

I didn't know it when I was younger but it does make sense now... I have always loved nuts but whenver I ate peanuts I had the worst stomach ache and digestive trouble afterwards...

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