Nut butter can be classified as one of America’s favorite food items. This is particularly true for peanut butter. Back in the day, children were sent to school with lunch boxes filled with apples or bananas along with PB & J sandwiches. How can such a common food item then pose a great deal of danger to one’s health?
Continue reading to know more about the negative effects of roasted nut butter, and why the Superhuman Food Pyramid recommends you avoid them as a source of protein.
Roasted Nut Butter Risks
Nuts have been the subject of product recalls since 2007 because of Salmonella contamination. This pathogenic bacterium typically taints agricultural products via the chicken manure that most petrochemical fertilizers contain. Peanuts are particularly at risk for Salmonella contamination because the edible nuts, which are technically legumes, grow under the ground. Additionally, the peanuts’ pods are not much of help since these are porous thus allowing pathogens like Salmonella to permeate and contaminate the nuts.
In the case of other tree nuts like macadamia, cashew, and almond, the mechanism for Salmonella contamination isn’t all that clear. Experts speculate though that manufacturing these tree nuts in machineries where Salmonella-tainted peanuts have been processed may be the culprit. The FDA announced its plan to study the Salmonella risks associated with eating tree nuts so it may be a good idea to steer clear of said food items until definitive information as to the products’ dangers are clarified.
Nuts are susceptible to other contaminants as well. The manner by which nuts, particularly peanuts, are planted, harvested, and stored for years make it prone to growth of microorganisms like Aspergillus flavus, a type of fungus. Aspergillus produces aflatoxin, a poisonous substance which medical researchers utilize to induce liver cancer in laboratory rats. Exposure to aflatoxin has been found to stunt children’s developmental growth as well.
Peanuts, as was mentioned, are technically legumes. Legumes contain the anti-nutrient lectin which interferes in the digestion of certain proteins resulting in digestive problems. Lectin has been found to somehow weaken the stomach lining thus increasing gut permeability as well. Furthermore, this anti-nutrient has pro-inflammatory effects and has been found to worsen rheumatoid arthritis as well. Lectin has been found to replicate the function of insulin and may affect weight management, too.
Roasted nut butter happens to have abundant amounts of omega-6 fatty acids as well. Omega-6 fatty acids are classified as essential fatty acids since our bodies do not produce them and therefore have to be supplemented through the diet. Omega-6 fatty acids are highly pro-inflammatory though which is why regulating intake and balancing with omega-3 is crucial.
Lastly, most commercial nut butter comes from nuts that are heavily laden with petrochemicals. Peanuts, specifically, have been found to contain residues of a handful of different types of pesticides. As you probably already know, pesticides cause a host of diseases. Children with increased organophosphate metabolites in their urine, for instance, were found to likely have Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD. What’s alarming is that the kids who participated in the study didn’t even live in areas where pesticides are manufactured or heavily used. Their pesticide exposure was mainly through lifestyle factors like that of eating food like nut butter with pesticide residues.
The next post will move on to the fifth part of the Superhuman Food Pyramid – vegetables. I’ll discuss which vegetables to eat, moderate, and avoid in order to achieve your Superhuman health goals.
In the meantime, if you care to jump ahead, here is a complete listing of the protein sources on Superhuman Food Pyramid:
• Organic Yogurt (Full-Fat)
• Soaked or sprouted beans and legumes
• Raw seeds and nuts
• Roasted Seeds and Nuts
• Regular or Canned Beans and Legumes
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