Secrets of the Superhuman Food Pyramid: Pros and Cons of Organic Peanut Butter

Organic peanut butter is a tasty food paste made from peanuts that have been grown following the United States Department of Agriculture’s  organic farming standards. This means the raw materials used are free of genetic modification, petrochemical residues, as well as exposure to radiation. Organic peanut butter has become a popular alternative to commercially produced roasted nut butter, too, but while this is the case, reasonable consumption of this tasty treat is still advised.

Read further and discover more about the pros and cons of organic peanut butter and why the Superhuman Food Pyramid recommends moderate use of this source of dietary fats.

Organic Peanut Butter’s Benefits:

First and foremost, organic produce like organically grown peanuts are far superior in nutrition and flavor. Secondly, because the raw material has not been bombarded with organophosphates and carbamates pre- and post-harvest, then the likelihood of petrochemicals exposure, which by the way can cause birth defects and degenerative diseases, ADHD in children, among others, is minimized.

Organic peanut butter is a potent source of protein as well, with two tablespoon of the unsalted variety having as much as 9 grams. Protein is a basic building block of life and is crucial for tissue and muscle formation, repair, as well as regeneration.

Organic peanut butter comes with two grams of dietary fiber for every two-tablespoon serving as well. Fiber is crucial as it facilitates elimination of waste from the gastrointestinal tract, thus protecting against the development of colorectal cancer. Fiber binds with cholesterol which then gets disposed of via the bowels, hence rendering cardio-protective and weight loss benefits as well.

Organic peanut butter contains healthy dietary fats as well. A two-tablespoon serving has about fifteen grams of fats, with only three grams of it being saturated, and the rest the healthier monounsaturated fats. Organic peanut butter, unlike the usual commercially manufactured peanut butter, does not contain hydrogenated fats which transform into trans-fatty acids, which then makes organic peanut butter a heart-healthy alternative overall.

Organic Peanut Butter’s Risks:

Most organic peanut butter brands available in the market today use roasted peanuts as base. Though roasting serves as a way to minimize pathological contamination as well as enhance flavor, it can bring about oxidation. Once oxidation takes place in the nuts, the healthy unsaturated fat profile becomes compromised as trans-fatty acids form, therefore negating the supposed cardio-protective properties of this tasty treat. It is for this reason opting, whenever you can, for organic raw nut butter versions of this food paste is recommended.

Peanuts, the basic ingredient, is one of the eight most common food allergen in the country as well. Individuals who have known sensitivity to peanuts should, at all costs, steer clear of organic peanut butter as allergic reactions may sometimes prove severe for those with peanut allergies.

Organic Peanut Butter’s Practical Uses:

Making your own organic peanut butter is by far the surest way to ensure quality. Because chemical preservatives won’t be used, it would then be prudent to make only small batches of this tasty food paste so as to minimize spoilage.

In a food processor or blender, put in two cups of organic peanuts, preferably raw. Add in a tablespoon and a half of your choice of edible oil. You can use organic peanut oil in this case, or olive oil or macadamia nut oil. Adding healthy edible oils is crucial so as to facilitate grinding as well as guarantee that the paste turns out smooth. Store in a re-sealable glass jar and make sure to refrigerate afterwards and consume within a week to guarantee freshness.

In the next post, I’ll tell you the pros and cons of coconut ice cream and why the Superhuman Food Pyramid recommends moderate use of this dietary source of fats.

In the meantime, if you care to jump ahead, here is a complete listing of the dietary sources of fats on the Superhuman Food Pyramid:

Eat:

Moderate:

Avoid:

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