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February 28, 2018

How Bad Are Peanuts, Really?

By Mark Sisson
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Peanut allergy conceptFor years, the ancestral health community has shunned the humble peanut. I did so myself in fact. “Why can’t I have peanuts?”a person would ask. “Because they’re legumes,” would be the standard answer. And that was that. The status of legumes was sacrosanct in paleo world. Case closed. In recent years, however, our stance on legumes has softened.

The lectins and phytic acid we worry about, it turns out, are mostly deactivated by heat and proper preparation. A bit of phytic acid can even be a good thing, provided you have the gut bacteria necessary to convert it into beneficial micronutrients. All in all, legumes turn out to be a relatively nutrient-dense source of resistant starch and other prebiotic fibers. If you can swing the carbs and you feel fine eating them, legumes are on the table.

Peanuts are the most popular legume. It’s not quite a staple source of calories in most people’s diets—many populations eat quite a few beans and lentils of various sorts—but nothing seems to capture hearts and minds like a large dollop of peanut butter. At least in this country, peanut butter has a cultural status that touches off nostalgia. And let’s be honest, too, peanuts and peanut butter also has a budgetary draw for many people. It’s generally cheaper than other nuts.

I thought I’d revisit the idea of peanut consumption in the context of a Primal way of eating. Does it fit? Does it hurt? What are we to make of the peanut?

If you’re still hesitant about the “legume thing,” go back and revisit the legume post I wrote a couple years ago. You should come away with a greater respect for the legume, and maybe more consideration for its inclusion in your diet.

As for the peanut, it’s a good source of micronutrients like niacin, folate, thiamin, magnesium, and manganese. It contains complete protein replete with all the essential amino acids, although I wouldn’t recommend that you rely on peanuts for your protein (it’s just a nice bonus). The predominant fatty acid is monounsaturated, though there is a fair bit of polyunsaturated fat as well. All in all, the peanut is a standard example of a whole food. Not incredibly nutrient-dense, not nutrient-poor.

Peanuts do seem to have a curious (and beneficial) relationship with gut bacteria and gut health in general.

Spiking peanut butter with probiotics helps those probiotics survive passage through the gut. A case for adding peanut butter to your kefir smoothie?

Peanut kernel flour (the part of the peanut that you eat) promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria, inhibits the growth of pathogenic bacteria, and reduces the ability of pathogens to invade host cells.

Peanut skins contain polyphenols which are not absorbed but interact with the gut to improve elevated blood lipids.

What about aflatoxins?

As a groundnut—a “nut” that grows in the ground, rather than on trees—peanuts are exposed to a lot more soil-based fungus than many other foods which typically only see it during storage. One of the fungi they encounter produces a mycotoxin called aflatoxin. During storage, which tend to be in the warmer, more humid climates amenable to peanut production, aflatoxin levels rise even further.

Aflatoxin is metabolized by the liver. Large enough doses of aflatoxin are a liver carcinogen in high doses (it’s actually what T. Colin Campbell used to induce liver cancer in mice during his China Study crusade to indict animal protein). In China, a study of people from different villages in a region known for liver cancer found positive correlations between theamount of aflatoxin ingested and liver cancer mortality rates. Those villagers who ingested less aflatoxin from peanuts, peanut oil, and corn were less likely to develop liver cancer; those who ingested more were more likely. However, hepatitis B rates were also elevated in this population, and hepatitis B and aflatoxin synergistically increase the risk of liver cancer. If you don’t have hep B and don’t eat peanuts as a staple source of calories, the risk of aflatoxin drops.

If you’re worried about aflatoxins:

What about peanut agglutinin, that plucky lectin? It’s resistant to heat, unlike most lectins. It survives digestion and ends up passing through into your bloodstream. And this has been tested in live humans, not just animals or isolated cells.

In isolated colon cancer lines, peanut agglutinin stimulates the growth of tumors. Peanut agglutinin also mimics the action of a known promoter of cancer metastasis (spreading to other tissues). Metastasis is what kills most cancer patients.

In both cases, peanut agglutinin looks problematic in the context of existing cancer. It does not appear to promote the development of cancer.

Peanut agglutinin (via peanut oil) also promotes atherosclerosis in animal models.

Looking at the broader picture, peanut consumption correlates with good health. The people who eat the most peanuts have a lower risk of various cancers, including colorectal cancer, esophageal cancer (in a high-risk area of China, no less), and pancreatic cancer in men, as well as all-cause mortality and mortality from heart disease. This isn’t proof that they’re good for us, of course, or “anti-cancer,” but it is a strike against the idea that peanut agglutinin is a wholly toxic cancer-and-heart-disease promoter. If the effect was that powerful, it would probably show up in population studies.

It’s fun to get in the weeds on these topics. Just beware of basing your opinions or diets on the effect of food components in isolated cancer cells under specific contexts. Read, don’t commit. Integrate with broader population studies to get a better picture of what’s going on.

The totality of evidence suggests that peanuts are fine for most people to consume in moderation.

Salty peanut butter smeared over a banana? A fantastic post-drinking snack for replenishing lost sodium and potassium. Keep it keto by using a green banana.

Spoonful of peanut butter right out of the jar? Just don’t let it turn into five spoonfuls.

But the absolute best way I’ve found to consume peanuts is to blend them with tigernut flour, sea salt, and a touch of honey using a food processor, roll the mixture into balls, and pop them in the freezer.

A few brands I’ve enjoyed: Santa Cruz Organic Dark Roasted Creamy Peanut Butter and Thrive Market brand Organic Creamy Peanut Butter. For anyone who’s looking for the peanut taste but would prefer a nut butter that’s a blend rather than solely peanut-based, check out Nuttzo Organic Crunchy Peanut Pro.

Oh, and when going for actual peanuts, get dry roasted peanuts. Whenever you see a nut that’s been “roasted” in oil, that’s basically a deep-fried nut. Couple that with the fact that most roasting oils are fragile seed oils high in omega-6 and you’ve got an unhealthy snack on your hands. Dry roasting solves this. The texture of a dry-roasted peanut is even better. I don’t want that crispy glazed exterior of a fried nut. I want my nuts toasty.

That’s it for today, folks. One of the worker bees has a peanut recipe coming your way on Saturday, but in the meantime, check out today’s PB&J Smoothie from the Primal Kitchen® blog if you’ve already got a craving. Finally, be sure to share your comments, questions, and concerns about peanut consumption down below. Thanks for reading!

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Cee
Cee
2 months 27 days ago

As a person who has suffered with shingles for decades, I avoid peanuts in all forms as they will quickly provoke a shingles outbreak if I consume them in any form.

Kelly
Kelly
2 months 27 days ago

Hey Cee,

What is it in the peanut that causes a shingles reaction? Is it the bacteria, or just an immune response on your end? I’ve never heard of it causing a shingles reaction, and would like to know more.

Thanks!

Mack
Mack
2 months 27 days ago

Arginine… I use L lysine to neutralize my peanut consumption

Cee
Cee
2 months 27 days ago

Hi Mack. L lysine never worked for controlling my shingles. I have to use Zovirax prophylactically.

Kelly
Kelly
2 months 25 days ago

That sounds terrible! I’m sorry you have to deal with that. It must be miserable sometimes.

Cee
Cee
2 months 27 days ago

I don’t know what it is, Kelly. I only know that within 3 days of eating any peanut containing product, I have an outbreak. My dermatologist and my PCP told me to avoid wheat, peanuts and chocolate lest I aggravate the virus. I avoid the first two and am very moderate with chocolate consumption.

Terri
2 months 23 days ago

Have you talked to your doctor about ‘mycotoxicosis’?

Janeen
Janeen
2 months 19 days ago

Hey Shingles Suffering Friends, I hope you all consider getting the newest shingles vaccine, it’s very effective and it’s in a 2 part series now as of this year. With preauthorization your insurance company will likely pay for it. If not, it’s an investment well worth your money. As many of you know, shingles only gets more complicated with aging. Even if you have received the older vaccine you can get the newest series and the immunity boosters to 90+%. Worth it!

Lisa
Lisa
2 months 27 days ago

I am glad to know of other people who suffer from recurring shingles. When I eat too many nuts and am not taking zinc I get sick.

Elizabeth Resnick
2 months 27 days ago

Thanks for setting the record straight! This is where labels like Paleo kind of make me crazy…totally agree that peanuts and legumes in general are fine for most people. I don’t really do most other legumes (too much of them in my vegan days…think I over did it) but will have some peanut butter from time to time and totally enjoy it (especially with a little chocolate!)

Mark
Mark
2 months 27 days ago

Peanuts were key to helping me lose 30 pounds six years ago when I went Low carb before I found MDA. I never stopped eating them, because they were such a great snack and didn’t cause me any problems.

Shary
Shary
2 months 27 days ago

My spouse snacks on a large handful of peanuts (in the shell) almost every day. My son, who isn’t particularly Paleo, enjoys a PB&J every now and then. Personally, I don’t care that much for peanuts or peanut butter. I don’t think my daughter does either. That leaves me to wonder: Are peanuts mostly a guy thing?

My own preference is for cashews, pecans, and macadamias. I also like sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds (pepitas), which contain a number of nutrients. I prefer the nuts whole versus ground up. A set of teeth makes the best nut butter.

Kelly
Kelly
2 months 27 days ago

I don’t keep peanut butter around because I love to eat it too much, but I’ve always had dry roasted in the shell salted peanuts around. They’re yummy, great to suck on before you break them open, take longer to eat, and remind me of the baseball park and hanging with my dad. I really have issues with other beans though. My stomach and their fiber are a no fly zone for me. I tend to dislike their texture as well. I’d rather eat an insect in a pinch than a legume, if I really had to.

Katie
2 months 24 days ago

Oh my goodness, I am the same with ANY nut butter! I can go to town on a jar with a spoon.

Time Traveler
Time Traveler
2 months 27 days ago

I used to love freshly roasted peanuts (less so peanut butter); until Hashimoto decided to pay me a visit. Oh well…

Zaira
Zaira
2 months 25 days ago

Hi Time Traveler, did you hear of the protocol Coimbra developed by Dr. Gali Cicero Coimbra based on high doses of vitamin D? It has an amazing impact on Hashimoto disease.

Time Traveler
Time Traveler
2 months 24 days ago

Thanks for the heads up; I didn’t until now. I’m already doing the above diet wise. I read the protocol and I think that his recommended Vitamin D levels are insane. Based on his recommendation, I should ingest 69.000 units a day; My levels is already up (89 out of 100) there and if anything it should be less. Many tend to forget that Vitamin D is a powerful hormone not to mess with and more isn’t better. Bottom line, I wouldn’t suggest anyone try this unsupervised.

Sanders
Sanders
2 months 27 days ago

I love peanuts, but they don’t like me. I used to eat them all the time, but as I got older they would make my stomach feel bloated, give me gas, and heartburn.

When I give in to the craving for them, I am quickly reminded why I should not eat them by the above symptoms.

Blaise
2 months 27 days ago

Well, I learned something new today. Thanks, Mark!

Hap
Hap
2 months 27 days ago

Mark Matteson of NIH and Fasting fame wrote a nice article about the toxicities of plant materials that are consumed and opined, with some scientific authority that many of the significant health effects are related to hormesis.

ie kick you cells in the butt. But just a little, here and there.

Jim
2 months 27 days ago

I have a different topic/question, why is store bought mayonaise not allowed on Paleo. We have made our own – most of the time it doesn’t turn out. We have bought the mayo that Mark sells – only one of us enjoys the taste. When I read the label on store bought mayo I don’t see any sugar, nor other ingredients bad for us on Paleo.

Lisa
Lisa
2 months 27 days ago

Most storebought mayo is loaded with soybean oil and stabilizers.

Gord
Gord
2 months 27 days ago

Store bought mayo is full of industrial seed oils. There’s a rabbit hole of research you can go down….

Nicky
Nicky
2 months 27 days ago

Soybean and canola oil is the culprit in store-bought mayonnaise. Mark’s mayonnaise is made with avocado oil.

Nocona
Nocona
2 months 27 days ago

Jim, better read the label more carefully. Look at the type of oil they use (soybean). Nasty, nasty stuff.

sosi
2 months 27 days ago

Because il is made with vegetable oil (especially sunflower oil); at home you can use olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil etc.

John
John
2 months 27 days ago

Almost all store brands are made from canola or soy bean oil – both of which are industrial seed oils, high in polyunsaturates.

And watch out for labels touting ‘Made with Olive Oil’ – usually olive oil is way down on the ingredients list and the main oil is canola or soy bean. They add a touch of olive oil so they can grab you with the label.

I’ve found some coconut-oil based mayo, which was OK, but other than that, I’ve never found any olive or avocado based may other than Mark’s..

Judy
2 months 24 days ago

Here in TX I can buy Chosen Foods avocado oil mayo. It’s pretty good. I also buy their avocado oil at Costco. Haven’t seen any of Mark’s products in stores here yet.

Lisa Johnson
Lisa Johnson
2 months 19 days ago

John

Look for Sir Kensington’s Mayo with Avocado Oil at Whole Foods,very good!

Katie
2 months 27 days ago

Store bought mayo is almost always made out of canola oil.

Shary
Shary
2 months 27 days ago
Canola oil is one of those things that can be either bad or good. It depends on who you want to believe. (There’s a boatload of Info online.) In general, it can be as healthful as olive oil if you look for a brand that’s organic (non-GMO) and either expeller or cold pressed. Most brands aren’t. I wouldn’t buy a product that lists canola oil on the label since there’s probably no way of knowing whether you’re getting the good stuff or the bad stuff–unless it says so. My jar of Whole Foods organic 365 mayo says right on the… Read more »
Max
Max
2 months 27 days ago

Costco has coconut oil and/or avocado oil mayo which is very tasty.

Andrea
Andrea
2 months 24 days ago

I have been making my own may with avocado oil for several years now. It is delicious! Note: Do NOT use olive oil to make mayo. The oil becomes bitter when it is emulsified. The quick and easy way is to use a hand held immersion blender in a mason-type jar that is just wide enough to fit the head of the blender to the bottom of the jar. If you search on Youtube I feel confident you can find many examples of how to do it. Super easy!

Shannon
Shannon
2 months 24 days ago

Really, Andrea? Are you sure the olive oil wasn’t rancid before you used it in the mayonnaise? I make aioli (read: mayonnaise made with olive oil and garlic, according to the French), and I never have a problem with the oil turning bitter. Granted, it could be masked by the garlic. 🙂

Karen
Karen
2 months 24 days ago

Use light olive oil for mayo. To avoid bitter taste from extra virgin (its real).

Andrea Winchester
Andrea Winchester
2 months 11 days ago

The oil was not rancid. Others have reported the same thing. Maybe they have different olive oil in France…?

Belinda Peace
2 months 24 days ago

I found I had to experiment with different recipes (yolk only vs whole egg, different mustards etc) to get one I like.

Johan
Johan
2 months 24 days ago

Jim, we’ve had pretty good success at home making mayonnaise with an immersion blender.

Try out some options, like..

http://40aprons.com/whole30-immersion-blender-mayo/

https://www.seriouseats.com/2012/06/how-to-put-together-an-awesome-vegetable-platter.html

..but make sure to use a light olive oil, for example, instead of the suggested canola oil in the second recipe.

We’ve been using a mix of half refined olive oil, half virgin – not ideal, but haven’t found any other way to get a good taste.

It’s true that we DO get failed batches, but it’s usually more like 1 out of 5-10, unless we’re experimenting with the ingredients.

Johan
Johan
2 months 24 days ago

Ok, my second link for immersion blender mayo got a bit messed up.. here’s the right one 😛

https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/10/two-minute-mayonnaise.html

Mathieu
Mathieu
2 months 27 days ago

The omega3/6 ratio is not an issue ?

Nocona
Nocona
2 months 27 days ago

Really, for a spoonful?

Mathieu
Mathieu
2 months 25 days ago

Sure it depends on the quantity, like for all “issues” Mark mentionned. Yes I’m surprised this aspect of the peanuts is not mentionned at all. The O3/6 ratio is one of the pillar of primal eating, and peanuts have the worst ratio of all.

Linda
Linda
2 months 27 days ago

All I know is that every time I eat peanuts, PB, or anything else containing peanuts I get a massive skin break out. It just isn’t worth having pimples!

LizinOregon
LizinOregon
2 months 27 days ago

Great post with good info. I notice you didn’t mention peanut butter that you grind yourself in the store and would love to know if you think there are any negatives to using that as a source.

Todd
2 months 27 days ago

I thought the process of roasting peanuts caused the oil in them to become carcinogenic thus the reason to eat all nuts raw?

Heather
2 months 27 days ago

This is the best news I’ve heard about diet in a quite awhile. LOVE peanut butter! Thanks, Mark! Very helpful.

paleofam321
paleofam321
2 months 27 days ago

I’m hoping that Mark is starting a tradition of mentioning something about the best way to treat his nuts each week on the blog.

Tiny Tina
2 months 27 days ago

That was funny! “I like my nuts dry roasted”. I got a little chuckle from that. . was wondering if anyone else would think the same way I did! Hee hee!

Chris Wynter
Chris Wynter
2 months 24 days ago

Shame on you for thinking that, Tiny Tina! Are you married? 😀

HealthyHombre
HealthyHombre
2 months 27 days ago

I eat cashews, walnuts, roasted almonds, pecans … don’t eat peanuts very often, maybe a few every couple of months, so I don’t freak out about them they are just not a staple of my diet. As always I learn something from every article Marks put out there.

Donna
Donna
2 months 27 days ago

I find that I crave peanuts from time to time. I usually buy they roasted in the shell since most of the grocers in my area don’t have a lot of healthy options. I never realized the dry roasted name brand ones list sugar on the ingredient label. I don’t mind the ones in the shell – they taste better in my opinion.

Karen
Karen
2 months 27 days ago

I’ve been primal and eating peanuts. I figure since they improve all-cause mortality, they can’t be all bad. Dry roasted are my favorite. Peanuts make me happy. More satisfying to eat peanuts than peanut butter, though. Other nuts have more of certain nutrients though, so eat a variety of nut.

TangibleSky
TangibleSky
2 months 27 days ago

What about soy?

For me, there’s too many carbs in legumes, but it’s good to hear that lectins are less of a concern than previously thought.

Jac
Jac
2 months 27 days ago

Fresh ground Valencia peanuts are amazing. Try making red cabbage-based Pad Thai with it!

Joe
2 months 27 days ago

I’ve eaten 2 – 3 servings of organic peanut butter per day for years. I keep a record of every ounce of food that I eat, so If I make it to 100 years old (currently 48), they’ll probably say it was the peanuts. If I drop dead at 50, they’ll probably say the same. All I know is that I pay close attention to how foods affect the way I feel physically and mentally. Peanut butter works for me, but everyone is different.

Kat
Kat
2 months 27 days ago

Love, love, love Mark’s Chipotle Mayo!

Andrew Huang
2 months 27 days ago
I was unknowingly poisoned by toxic mold for two years and suffered immensely. As a result I react very severely to mycotoxin-contaminated foods (even things as innocuous as black pepper). Even a small amount cause enough of a reaction that I lose the rest of the day cognitively from the extreme brain fog. Thus, eating peanuts, one of the most commonly mycotoxin-contaminated foods, seems inadvisable to me. Even if you don’t think you react to them, mycotoxins are seriously destructive agents of oxidative damage and mitochondrial dysfunction. ~25% of the population is genetically sensitive to mycotoxins, with immune systems impaired… Read more »
2Rae
2Rae
2 months 27 days ago

When I took snacks to work it was carrots and celery and a jar of peanut butter so fresh (with salt in it) that I could just dip them…… mmmmmmm, might do that again.

that guy
2 months 27 days ago

Does anyone else get a rash when they eat peanuts?

Boregard
Boregard
2 months 27 days ago

Everyday the counter facts are eating away at the absurd restrictions and basic premise of Paleo.Ive been intuitively eating for decades, borrowing from many disciplines, sticking to no ONE for longer then a month or two for self testing reasons.

Paleians need to lighten up. Processed is one thing to avoid, but regular natural foods…nope.

Robin Beers
Robin Beers
2 months 27 days ago

As someone who has fought off cancer, I think the advice to not worry about those pesky cancer studies is a little stupid. Giving up peanuts is not that hard. It may help, it certainly doesn’t hurt. I would rather err on the side of caution.

Tiny Tina
2 months 27 days ago

I make my own homemadd peanut butter. I get raw peanuts, roast them..different amounts of time depending on how deep of a roast I want, then pop then in 5he food processor. .Tada! ! Fresh peanut butter! Yummy!

Sheri
Sheri
6 days 1 hour ago

I do this too and it tastes so much better than store bought

Roberta
Roberta
2 months 27 days ago
I appreciate this post. The paleo movement is like many others: its basic assumptions are sound and they work for me; but people seem stuck on the same old rules that have hardened into dogma. Many paleoistas firmly ignore studies that show that our ancestors have adapted to eat certain foods–certainly dairy, as more people than not have the gene for it. Mark, I hope you do a post on these findings if you haven’t already. In my own experimentation, peanuts do just fine and occasional helpings of lentils are good. Anything that sets off sugar cravings (breads and wheat… Read more »
Shary
Shary
2 months 27 days ago

+1. Too many people get bogged down in maintaining dietary perfection according to someone else’s rules, and they fail to pay attention to what their own body is telling them. For this and other reasons, 80/20 Paleo works better for me than a do-or-die 100 percent. I like it that Mark has never promoted extremism on his website.

Shaney McCoy
2 months 27 days ago
This is what I love about Mark and the Primal gang – he’s not afraid to adjust his stance on various foods when new science comes along. I tried going primal a few years ago and the “no legumes” thing was a deal-breaker for me. I just couldn’t hack it. But when I decided to try it again 3 mos ago and found the new science on legumes – and now PEANUT BUTTER!!! MMMM!!! – I decided to try again and it’s been awesome. After the first month of cravings and headaches I haven’t looked back. At 50 y/o I… Read more »
Dave
Dave
2 months 27 days ago

If you purchase raw peanuts should you or can they be sprouted?

Monika Marcovici
Monika Marcovici
2 months 27 days ago

Can you confirm the truth to this? Apparently peanut crops are used to prepare fields for organic agriculture as they absorb toxins readily . So be sure to eat ORGANIC peanuts only.

Kathy
Kathy
2 months 27 days ago

Have you changed you approach to legumes in general. I am doing your 21 day challenge and no legumes allowed??

Eric
Eric
2 months 27 days ago

Do you know which brands of peanut butter use Valenica peanuts?

Diane
Diane
2 months 27 days ago

Happy to read this! Years ago when I was pregnant with my first child (and before I knew anything about paleo or primal eating), the only thing I could stand to eat without feeling ill during my first trimester was peanut butter on toast. I still buy peanut butter for my daughter and every once in awhile sneak a spoonful, yum 🙂

Danielle
2 months 27 days ago

Rather than buy peanut butter, it is way cheaper to buy the dry roasted nuts in the bulk section of the grocery store and blend up your own. Plus, you know whats in it is only peanuts.

Diana Lott
Diana Lott
2 months 25 days ago

Thank you for the information on peanuts! I can’t eat most nuts, I made a cashew chicken last week, and while the family loved it, my stomach pain later that evening reminded me to not eat it very often.
It’s most frustrating to be on an peanut free airplane flight, but I do understand allergies can be life threatening, so I’ve learned to grab other snacks for long flights.

capri
capri
2 months 25 days ago

Then the peanut butter topped cheeseburgers we had in New Orleans are back on !

Larry
Larry
2 months 25 days ago

RE peanuts (and other nuts) roasted in oil – the amount of PUFA from the oil is negligible compared to that in the nut itself- according the ingredient label- when comparing dry roasted (or raw) vs. oil roasted. Assuming~ 1/4 cup serving/day, oil roasted nuts could also be considered a health snack.

Vince Phung
Vince Phung
2 months 25 days ago

Yay!!! I’m now back to a bag of all sorts of roasted nuts!

Sonja
Sonja
2 months 25 days ago

I want my nuts toasty. OUCH! I could not help myself 🙂

Rachel
2 months 25 days ago

Peanuts are the only thing I have ever eaten that makes me constipated, I have a very healthy gut. Haven’t figures out why. I don’t know anyone else that has this problem.

Zaira
Zaira
2 months 25 days ago

Hi, I have a severe form of arthritis which I treat with high doses of vitamin D. I seem to be sensitive to gluten as it causes the arthritis to flare. I normally avoid peanut but I really like it! Would the agglutinin in peanut have a similar effect to the gluten in wheat, barley, rye and oats for the ones of us with auto-immune diseases?

GeorgeCat
GeorgeCat
2 months 23 days ago
Each of us reacts differently to different food sensitivities. The only way to answer this for certain is to test it on yourself. Basically, be strict and avoid any other dietary changes for a period of time. Pick a time when you are not experiencing any flares from other triggers. Then add just the one new food (peanuts) to your diet slowly, and see if you develop any symptoms. Some foods may cause quick reactions (a few hours or a few days), others may need to accumulate for several days or even weeks before the effects become obvious. This should… Read more »
Greyzer
Greyzer
2 months 25 days ago

Deep-fried nuts hardly absorb any oil, 2% of their weight at most while peanuts already contain 15% linoleic acid.

So it’s not terribly important to get dry roasted nuts, unless you prefer them.

Shruti
Shruti
2 months 25 days ago

Perhaps we should just eat real food, consume lots of vegetables, moderate our carb intake based in our tolerance and activity level, and stop eschewing entire food groups?

Caitlin
Caitlin
2 months 25 days ago

What a great post! So much information. More than a serving of dry roasted peanuts upsets my stomach (IBS) but I’m able to have two tablespoons in my smoothie. Wondering if that’s because they’re “broken” down so much it’s easier for my stomach to handle or it’s coupled with MCT, coconut oil, collagen, a few berries & hemp milk.

Cheryl
2 months 25 days ago

How do boiled green peanuts stack up to all this? Love the stuff!

Karen
Karen
2 months 24 days ago

I’d like to know too. I’m from the south and boiled peanuts are a must each summer when they are in season!

Zoltan
Zoltan
2 months 24 days ago

The fact that peanut agglutinin seems to be causing atherosclerosis is enough to be wary of consuming peanuts on a regular basis. Other legumes such as lentils are fine.

Steve Rockcastle
Steve Rockcastle
2 months 24 days ago

I was told that eating peanuts was bad for you because they are always grown after a crop of cotton which is grown in fields where they are sterilized with Methyl Bromide. The peanuts being a legume are grown after that to resupply the ground with nitrogen. Unless the peanut is an organic nut, don’t eat it!

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