Why You Should Stop Eating Peanut Butter Now! (as well as legumes, lentils and peanuts)
At the end I give some great alternatives.
I know this is risky of me to take on the forever beloved peanut butter! I understand that it has been a cherished food for many of us for oh so long. However, I do feel it necessary to share the knowledge that I have on this hot topic.
This is especially important for those that deal with autoimmune issues such as thyroid malfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, I.B.S., psoriasis, Crohns, etc as these foods are highly inflammatory and can cause major flareups in autoimmune conditions.
Here’s the deal, peanuts are actually legumes, they are not a nut. Nuts grow on trees, peanuts and other legumes grow underground in moist soil.
- This makes them very susceptible to aflatoxins which a type of mold that grows on them, you can’t see it or taste it but it can have harmful effects on your body the worst being increased risk of liver cancer *
Legumes/Peanuts contain lectins. Lectins may impact health in multiple ways, ranging from digestion to chronic disease risk. They have been shown to cause red blood cells to cluster together.*
- Lectins are harmful and cause inflammation, which has a negative impact on the immune system. Long-term inflammation is linked to many serious medical conditions, including heart disease, cancer, and depression.
Phytic acid is another reason to avoid legumes/peanuts. Phytic acid is an anti nutrient, which means it binds to minerals in the digestive tract, making them less available to our bodies.
- This may stop your body from absorbing the nutrients from the good food that you are eating. Finally, not the best choice for those wanting to rid themselves of excess body fat.
- For the amount of food value, their carbohydrate content is high. When we are trying to lose fat we cut back on high carbs so that our bodies will burn the excess fat instead of excess carbs.
I personally give an exception to hummus, because the chickpeas are cooked and ground up, making it much easier for your body to digest, as well, it is usually eaten in small quantities at a time.
If you decide that you just can’t go without your legumes, then be sure to soak them for several hours, and change the water often. Drain and rinse again before cooking. This helps neutralize phytic acid as well as helps them to be digested some what easier by your body, so that they don’t put as much stress on your digestive system.
There you have it, why I strongly encourage you to avoid peanut butter and all legumes. There are so many great alternatives to peanut butter: almond butter, sunflower seed butter & cashew butter, try one of those out instead, and I bet you won’t even miss all the bad stuff!
*source: national cancer institute
*source: medical news today