Aside from the argument of lectin content and omega 3-6 ratios, why can I not consume peanuts or peanut butter when adopting the Paleo lifestyle? It seems to me their "naughtiness" is over-hyped.
Regarding peanut oil, is it actually made from peanuts (only) or are their added ingredients?
What I do when I buy natural peanut (or almond butter) where the oil is on the top:
1) I pour the oil off.
2) Then I wipe off any excess oil from the sides and lid.
3) Then I add melted grass fed butter and stir.
4) Then I keep it in the fridge, so the peanut/almond butter gets super thick because the saturated fats harden in the fridge.
End result, less omega 6, more cla and all the other benefits of butter, better texture, tastes amazing. Don't knock it till you try it.
Aside from the argument of lectin content and omega 3-6 ratios....??? Avoiding these two things are pretty much two of the most important basic cornerstones of the paleo diet. As others have pointed out aflatoxins in peanut butter are toxic and carcinogenic. Do you need a food to cause severe vomiting and diarrhea or what before you call a food suboptimal?
Having said that I think a spoonful here and there as a treat is fine if you really love it. Eating it every day would be fine too I suppose but then I think you need to look at whether or not you want to label your eating plan as paleo. I know we have lacto-paleo but I'm not sure the community would support a peanut-paleo version.
I think you have answered your own question.
I view Legumes as an order of magnitude less harmful than (gluten) grains. Having said that, you have to decide if your approach to Paleo is
1) Is there proof this is really bad for me and absent such proof, can I continue to consume?
2) Is this essential from a nutritional point of view and are there no substitutes that are either less harmful and/or actually beneficial.
I think the divisions we see in this community regarding things like legumes, dairy, etc have to do with a bias to #1 vs #2.
Welcome to the community. Watch out for the genital-obsessed individuals trolling around here!
Peanut lectin goes into your bloodstream and wreaks havoc, while omega6 PUFAs grace you with additional oxidative stress. Great, keep it up with your 'orders of magnitude' and 'feeling your health'. Wait, isn't that how did we got the standard American diet in the first place? Awesome!
A few years ago, Consumers Union looked into the question of aflatoxins in peanut butter and found that the amounts detectable varied from brand to brand. The lowest amounts were found in the big supermarket brands such as Peter Pan, Jif and Skippy. The highest levels were found in peanut butter ground fresh in health food stores.>
The way I look at it is the dose makes the poison. Am I eating enough peanuts to harm my health? I doubt it. The biggest poison by far for me has been processed flour and sugar and my health is improving by leaps and bounds since I cut those out. I don't think there would be that same huge increase in health if I cut out peanuts so I don't.
Peanuts contain 4,000 milligrams of omega-6 in each 28 gram, one ounce serving of peanuts. This is all I needed to hear to stop eating peanuts, peanut butter, or using peanut oil. That is a shit ton of omega 6.
5.69g Omega 6/serving. Ouch.
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