October 6, 2014 1:10 pm Leave your thoughts
As most gym-goers know, peanut butter is very good for you: it is packed with protein and has been shown to decrease the risk of Type-2 diabetes.
However, organic peanut butter and non-organic differ in some key respects:
- Peanuts are not actually nuts, but legumes. Unlike nuts (which have hard shells), peanuts have soft, porous shells, which contaminants (fertilizers, pesticides and molds) can permeate, reaching the nut itself. Due to their high fat content (which they have in common with all nuts), peanuts act as little sponges and soak those pesticides right up.
- Most peanuts are grown using conventional farming practices, including the use of fungicide, as mold is a common affliction among peanut crops.
- The carcinogen aflatoxin is produced by naturally occurring fungus in the soil where foods such as peanuts are grown. Natural peanut butters may contain more aflatoxin than commercially processed brands, as fungicide is not used in their production.
This points to the inevitable conclusion that if you want to avoid pesticides, you should eat organic peanut butters. At Naturally Good Food we stock a large range of peanut butters within our nut butter section.
For the freshest of organic nut butters, we would suggest you keep the jars in the fridge.Tags: organic peanut butter
This post was written by Sue