Did you know that peanuts aren’t actually nuts at all but rather legumes (aka beans)? For that reason alone, they need to be avoided. If you haven’t already read my blog on lectins, start there first or this post will make your head spin. Long story short – peanuts are FULL of lectins. Here’s a little insight:
“...lectins prompt an inflammatory immune response that calls our troops into action to battle them. The war is being fought at our gut wall; is it any wonder then that we store fat right where the war is being fought? Moreover, lectins bind to insulin receptors on fat cells to pump sugar into fat cells continuously while simultaneously blocking the intake of sugar into muscle cells resulting in so-called insulin resistance or pre-diabetes. Research suggests that lectins cause most heart disease, arthritis, dementia, diabetes, and all autoimmune diseases.”* *DIRECTLY SOURCED FROM: The Plant Paradox, Dr. Gundry
So when we eat peanut butter, namely one of our most prized namesake kid foods, it causes all sorts of inflammatory responses in our body. But there is hope! Insert our friend Almond Butter.
But not just any almond butter, almonds without their skin because, you guessed it, the skins of almonds contain lectins as well (as do cashews and other beans disguised as nuts). Marconi almonds or skinless almonds are a-okay and there is actually an amazing company called Barney Butter that sells Bare Almond Butter, and it tastes so good. It’s all the goodness of almond butter without the skins! You can of course take it one step further and make your own but I stick to my friends at Thrive Market and Amazon to deliver, and have a monthly delivery subscription all lined up. Best $7 I spend each month!
Ps. Below is a little more reading about Peanuts if you’re interested from an article posted on https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods-high-in-lectins#8
Peanuts are a type of legume that’s related to beans and lentils. They are high in mono- and polyunsaturated fats, making them a great source of energy, and also high in protein and a wide range of vitamins and minerals, such as biotin, vitamin E, and thiamine. Peanuts are rich in antioxidants and have been linked to health benefits like a reduced risk of heart disease and gallstones. Unlike some of the other foods, the lectins in peanuts don't appear to be reduced by heating. A study found that after participants ate 7 ounces (200 grams) of either raw or roasted peanuts, lectins were detected in their blood, indicating that they had crossed through from the gut. One test-tube study found that peanut lectins increased growth in cancer.
This, alongside the evidence that peanut lectins can enter the bloodstream, has led some people to believe that lectins could encourage cancer to spread in the body. However, the test-tube study above was carried out using high doses of pure lectins placed directly onto cancer cells. No studies have investigated their exact effects in humans.
*DIRECTLY SOURCED FROM: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods-high-in-lectins#8