View Full Version : Organic peanut butter too good to be true?
08-21-2005, 08:29 AM
I found it yesterday but too expensive for my taste so didn't buy any, but it said sun-dried valencia peanuts were the only ingredient and it may contain less than .5% of macadamia nuts, almonds and cashews...is this too good to be true?
08-21-2005, 08:39 AM
I would not believe that it is raw. They would have to take me to the factory and totaly show me to prove it to me.
08-21-2005, 09:16 AM
I had a bit of "extra" money last week, so I decided to treat myself. I bought some Living Tree Community raw almond butter. It cost $15 for a 16-oz jar! Yikes! But I have had their nut butters before, and know that they are very good quality. I can definitely tell the difference between their raw nut butter, and the kind you can get at the regular store. Nothing else compares, except of course freshly ground nut butter that you make yourself at home. I wish I had a gadget that could do this, I would always make my own. I have tried it in the food processor, it just doesn't seem to work for me.
I have heard that peanuts are not really an ideal food for us, they supposedly have some sort of fungus that grows on them, that you can't see. That being said, I do eat peanuts, and peanut butter once in a while. There are so many other nuts and nut butters to eat, though, that I don't have the peanut butter that often. However, it does have an incomparable taste, and sometimes you are craving that exact flavor. I would write or call the company that makes the organic peanut butter, and ask them at what temperature they grind their nuts. I'm not 100% raw, so it wouldn't bother me too much if it wasn't raw, and on the plus side it's organic. But I do try to stick to raw as much as possible, and I've found that when it comes to nuts, I really don't like the "roasted" flavor much anymore.
Let us know what you find out, BTW what's the name of the company?
08-21-2005, 01:28 PM
The fungus you are talking about is aflatoxin, and is pretty bad news.
Many other types of nuts and things have it, but for some reason the peanut gets it easily, peanuts are not actually nuts anyway.
Humans can't digest peanuts anyway, so I don't eat them, but my hubby loves them, it is one of the few non-raw things he eats now.
08-21-2005, 02:04 PM
Want an opinion everyone...
Would fresh ground raw peanuts mixed with some cold pressed raw peanut oil (homemade peanutbutter) and some sea salt added be healthy?
I know the raw peanuts and raw peanut oil mixed together would be healthy. However, it is somewhat bland. Is it ok to add the sea salt to give it some flavor?
08-21-2005, 02:42 PM
All this talk about peanutbutter makes me want to eat Smucker's Natural Peanutbutter. It is not raw by no means and with all the heating and salt added, I doubt it it very healthy.
This website reminds me of things I shouldn't eat :(
08-21-2005, 04:04 PM
I can't remember the name of the company, but when I go to the store to buy some more bananas, I will walk down that section and look at their website address, go to it, find an e mail and e mail and ask because I am really curious now.
Oh, oh, oh..... I just got the best idea. I was reading through the posts and saw this one and thought it said orange peanut butter. Now that sounds sooo good, almond butter instead of peanuts though. Hmmm .... will have to think about that one.
Raw orange marmalade with almond butter on something. Guess I'll have to make one of the famous breads.
Hubby got me a huge, old, dehydrator from a friend of his. No brand name anywhere. It's shiny metal, almost the size of the stove, with 6 metal trays. They look like small latticework. It does have a thermostat and we tested it with the thermometer off the back porch.
Dyslexia sometimes is a beneficial thing - and it is acting up bad today, you should have seen the jumbled letters in most of these words before Microsoft Word got a hold of it.
08-27-2005, 03:58 AM
couldn't you use Natures First Law Jungle Peanuts? they say that it doesn't have any of that fungus in it and an even better taste. So that if ur craving raw peanut butter this would be the best choice.
08-27-2005, 05:17 AM
Dear Doe, your dehydrator might be a L' Equip (sp?) they are supposed to be very good, but the description fits.
here is a link with a pic
Not that one, maybe an older model. It is 30"h x 20 "d x 18"w and looks like a metal cabinet, completely smooth except for the vent holes on top and the handle on the door (which just hangs on the front of the machine) The element and fan are under a false bottom, and the thermostst is on the back wall. The man we got it from had it second hand for maybe a decade and had never used it.
08-27-2005, 08:47 PM
I bought some raw peanuts at last night's farmers market from a couple who had just dug them up yesterday morning. I gave most of them to a raw friend who's wondering about raw peanuts ... though she passed them on today to others at a raw food festival because the taste was ... um, well, definitely not like roasted peanuts we all used to eat. Hard to describe - they taste raw (oddly enough, huh :D ) - a little sour, maybe.
I'm not very into nuts anymore, so I'm not all that interested, but I suppose they could be mixed up like SamuelWilson mentioned. Though, I'm certain that the resulting butter wouldn't taste like the old stuff.
SamuelWilson - I know what you mean about being reminded of verboten foods. Many of the wonderful people here are transitioning to raw and still very involved in "gourmet" raw food recipes and mixtures. I am not at all finding fault with that -- not at all! I wouldn't be raw today if I hadn't started the same way. However, for a fruitarian and/or a mono-eater, many of these threads create echoes that may not be welcome.
But ... back to original post: I also agree that it is not raw. Organic is certainly better than conventionally grown, but it's by no means raw. I've not ever seen raw peanut butter, actually.
I avoid peanuts these days.
If anyone wants to read up on Aflatoxin (one of the most potent carcinogens known to man, believe it or not), then you only need one book - T. Colin Campbell's The China Study. It's a fascinating read that covers a huge amount of ground. Alissa recommended it a while back, too.
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