The Case Against Peanuts

The Case Against Peanuts

This article was written by Jenny Sansouci, Be Well Health Coach at Dr. Frank Lipman's Eleven Eleven Wellness Center

I saw an advertisement on the NYC subway the other day that

said "peanuts are a superfood!" and I had to smile. Peanuts have, for a

long time, been such a staple of the American diet, especially during

childhood – who doesn't love a good PB and J sandwich? But on the Be Well Cleanse and many other elimination diets, peanuts are removed from the diet. Why?

Well, first and foremost, peanuts are one of the most

common food allergens, and there's evidence showing that the rate of

peanut allergies in the US is rising. An allergic reaction to peanuts

can show up as a skin problem (hives, eczema), intestinal issues,

swelling in the body, difficulty swallowing or breathing, itchiness, and

sometimes a more severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis that

requires immediate medical treatment. Peanuts are removed during the

Cleanse because even a mild sensitivity to peanuts can show up as an

unwanted issue in the body.

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Second, peanuts are susceptible to growing a mold called

aflatoxin, which is a known carcinogen and can be toxic to the liver.

Also, because peanuts are actually legumes, they have a softer shell and

are more likely to absorb toxins and pesticides from the soil while

they're being grown.

Raw almonds and almond butter are my favorite alternatives

to peanuts. Sunflower seed butter is also a delicious choice, and I

always love a good tahini (sesame seed paste) too. If you do choose to

eat peanuts and you know you don't have an allergy or sensitivity to

them, having a little bit of organic peanut butter shouldn't be a huge

deal, but when it comes to everyday use, almonds are a better choice.

What do you think? Have you experienced any peanut sensitivities?

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