Are We Allergic to Peanuts,
or What's Been Done to Them?
Since when do so many kids have a peanut allergy?
The number of people with peanut allergies doubled between 1997-2002, and has quadrupled in the last years. In the last fifteen years there has been a 50% increase in the number of kids with food allergies and asthma. What’s the culprit?
– By Suzanne Soto-Davies
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Did you know...
The peanut is technically not a nut,
but rather a legume – like beans.
The peanut is called a nut because it is a dehiscent fruit – meaning it splits a built-in line of weakness, to release its contents. But since peanuts grow below ground they are big targets for worms, mice and other pests, and they are one of the most heavily saturated with pesticides. In fact, they are one of the most pesticide-contaminated snacks we can have.
Out of the average 8 pesticides found on the average commercial peanut butter: Piperonyl butoxide – considered a possible carcinogen, based on evidence of cancer in lab animals. Let’s not forget the added hydrogenated oil, sugar, salt, soy protein, corn syrup and stabilizers.
Peanuts tend to be grown in warmer climates, resulting in humidity and fungus. To top it off, many peanut seeds have been genetically modified, the soil has been saturated with chemicals typically for 8-10 days – including Glyphosate, linked to everything from cancer to infertility – and are sitting in an often-stagnant pool of water and possible rodent poo.
Makes you wonder...
Are we really allergic to peanuts,
or what’s been done to them?
When children suffer from the dreaded peanut allergy, chances are it’s because their bodies are smarter, and the most intuitive for picking up on the bad. Seek help from a Naturopath who can often ‘desensitize’ the allergy (yes, even peanut allergies).
If your child does not have a peanut allergy, congratulations! Please buy a natural, organic peanut butter. Or better yet, switch to almond butter.