While many people know that nuts are beneficial for their health, some are wary of eating too many because of the high fat content.
However, research confirms that eating a portion of peanuts, or peanut butter, per day may help reduce the risk of heart disease, type II diabetes and gallbladder disease, without the risk of weight gain.
It appears there really is a lot more to the humble peanut than simply ‘good fats' in terms of decreasing the risk of disease.
So, what are the beneficial components of peanuts?
Antioxidants (comparable to broccoli and tomatoes!)
The cardioprotective effect
When a South African research team investigated the effects of nuts on blood fat levels, they found that eating 1½ to 3½ servings of nuts, at least 5 times a week, could significantly lower cholesterol levels .
This is exciting research, because it demonstrates the benefit of eating a d...
This is Part One of a weekly, 3-Part Series on Modified Foods For Food Allergies.
Part Two is about fermenting soy to reduce allergens.
Part Three is about modifying eggs to reduce allergic reactions.
Would you eat a peanut stripped of all that makes it a peanut - including the proteins that could cause a deadly allergic reaction?
When a food allergic person reacts adversely to a particular food they are, in fact, reacting to the protein in the food. So, some people (geneticists, mostly) thought the way to reduce the chances of a highly allergic reaction is to get rid of the offending protein.
However, if you remember from your grammar school science class, pulling at one strand of a genetic code could mean something else falls away, something else you might need or want.
In general, the idea to genetically delete the proteins in food that make some people very, very ill has been around for a while. In 2001, a research team was actually looking for t...
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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