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If you have diabetes, beware of peanuts, peanut butter, and peanut oil.
Some people think that because most tree nuts, like almonds, are so healthy, that peanuts should also be good for us. But peanuts aren’t nuts at all. They are a legume, and unlike most nuts we can’t eat them raw.
Actually, we can’t eat them at all if we want to avoid some of the side effects that we can get from them. Some of these side effects can be quite serious.
I can think of only nine reasons why we have to avoid peanuts or anything made from them. Maybe you can think of more, but these eight might be enough to give anyone pause:
1. Peanuts have a lot of carbohydrates, which raise our blood sugar level. Take a look at the US Department of Agriculture’s National Nutrient Database , which is the gold standard of nutrient facts and is fortunately back online today now that the government shutdown has ended. When you exclude the water content in peanuts, they are 37 percent carb...
Peanuts have always been a favorite food of Americans and can be consumed in a variety of ways, including the stand-alone peanut to cooking with peanut oil. In fact, we consume ~2.5 billion pounds of peanuts per year, about half of which is in the form of peanut butter. At one time, the health benefits of peanuts were called into question since they're high in fat and calories. However, over the past few years, more scientific research has shown that peanuts can be quite good for our health, specifically cholesterol, when consumed in moderation. Contrary to its name and popular belief, the peanut is not a nut at all. In fact, it is more closely related to beans and peas than to a walnut or pecan. Peanuts belong to the legume family which are edible seeds covered in pods. There are three main types of peanuts consumed in this country: Virginias (commonly known as the cocktail peanut), Runners, and Spanish. Most American peanuts are grown in the southeastern states such as Ge...
Peanut butter crackers have just the right amount of carbohydrate and protein for a quick diabetes snack. Not to mention they are Josh’s favorite snack. A nice pre-wrapped six pack of peanut butter crackers provides anywhere from 16 to 20 grams of carbohydrate and the protein and fat slows the absorption making it a great snack.
But now our favorite packaged food may harbor salmonella. There is a nationwide peanut butter recall affecting peanut butter snacks. The focus of the FDA investigation is the voluntary recall by Peanut Butter Corp of America in Blakely, Georgia . Yesterday the FDA expanded their original January 13 th warning. See yesterday's press release here “ Because identification of products subject to recall is continuing, the FDA urges consumers to postpone eating commercially-prepared or manufactured peanut butter-containing products and institutionally-served peanut butter until further information becomes availa...
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