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05-11-2009, 08:16 PM
I have been raw for a while now, and my sister is trying to begin. She purchased some raw peanuts today and for some reason I told her that they were not good for her. Is that true?
Is it okay if she eats them?
Thanks for the help!
05-11-2009, 08:27 PM
Peanuts and Aflatoxin
Peanuts are susceptible to molds and fungal invasions. Of particular concern is aflatoxin, a poison produced by a fungus called Aspergillus flavus. Although better storage and handling methods have virtually eliminated the risk of aflatoxin ingestion, aflatoxin is a known carcinogen that is twenty times more toxic than DDT and has also been linked to mental retardation and lowered intelligence. To help prevent aflatoxin ingestion, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also enforces a ruling that 20 parts per billion is the maximum of aflatoxin permitted in all foods and animal foods, including peanut butter and other peanut products. If purchasing raw peanuts, it is still wise to ensure that the peanuts have been stored in a dry, cool environment (the fungus grows when the temperature is between 86-96°F (30-36°C) and when the humidity is high). Roasted peanuts are thought to offer more protection against aflatoxin, plus roasting is also thought to improve peanuts' digestibility.
Wild Jungle peanuts are alflatoxin free and taste like regular peanuts. :)
Eating a few raw peanuts I'm sure she'll be fine :)
05-12-2009, 01:48 AM
I didn't think the Jungle peanuts tasted like peanuts at all. In fact I didn't find them to be very tasty. I could eat them in say...an emergency situation where there was no other food available. But I wouldn't go out of my way for them. They reminded me of nuts that were trying to be pecans but didn't quite make it.
05-12-2009, 01:54 AM
Mine taste just like peanuts. We got them from rawfood.com
05-13-2009, 04:00 AM
i thought the same as juliebove-- i got mine from sunfood too, but they were just bland. i agree, not something i want to pay $12 a pound or whatever for. emergency food, thats it, unfortunately. big disappointment
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