January 25, 2010
Peanut Butter And Arugula Sandwich For Health?

Or perhaps peanut butter and kale? The greens would protect against aflatoxin.

LLNL researchers Graham Bench and Ken Turteltaub found that giving someone a small dose of chlorophyll (Chla) or chlorophyllin (CHL) found in green leafy vegetables such as spinach, broccoli and kale could reverse the effects of aflatoxin poisoning.

Aflatoxin is a potent, naturally occurring carcinogenic mycotoxin that is associated with the growth of two types of mold: Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus. Food and food crops most prone to aflatoxin contamination include corn and corn products, cottonseed, peanuts and peanut products, tree nuts and milk.

We eat hamburgers with greens on them. But how would peanut butter taste with spinach or arugula? Or perhaps some radicchio?

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Zach said at January 26, 2010 5:54 AM:

If those items are prone to mold growth... why not just avoid corn and corn products, cottonseed, peanuts and peanut products, tree nuts and milk?

"Doctor, it hurts when I do this." "Don't do that"

LoboSolo said at January 26, 2010 5:54 AM:

I eat peanut butter on broccoli quite bit. It's quite tasty!

Goober Peas said at January 26, 2010 9:19 AM:

Why not just avoid ...? 'Cause corn, peanuts and tree nuts taste good, and ARE good (for most of us). I have been eating peanut butter sandwiches with lettuce since about the 5th grade, around 60 years ago. Works for me.

Mercer said at January 26, 2010 12:05 PM:

Raw kale is bitter and the stems are tough.

Mark Bittman has a recipe for cooking kale with peanut butter. I tried it but I think kale is better with onions and potatoes.

I have been eating kale since my optometrist recommended it. He said that he thought black people had less macular degeneration because they ate a lot more collard greens then whites. Collards are close relatives of kale.

Zach said at January 27, 2010 5:53 AM:

@Goober Peas,
Indeed, for some people corn and peanuts are good (I don't think for most of us, however). I would recommend that you see King Corn, and maybe Food, Inc., as well. These movies really show how the corn lobby is making us sick with HFCS, and with just grains in general, too. I gave up wheat, corn, rice, potatoes and legumes (peanuts are a legume) and my diverticulitis and IBS went away, I don't have to take 3 medicines anymore, I have no more stomach pain and just as an added bonus, I lost 50 pounds. Corn and legumes may lead to a leaky guy causing all kinds of immune related problems, and corn is a contributer toward diabetes and other metabolic diseases. In societies that ate (and/or are eating) corn, there are problems with bone health, diabetes, etc. Eating corn and legumes are rather novel and really part of a fad diet for humanity. There are some that may adapt to this high/excessive carbohydrate caloric intake along with its potentially damaging effects to the gut and hormone balance... I'm not one of them it seems, nor are the millions of people of industrialized societies suffering from heart disease, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and auto-immune diseases caused by these novel crops in our food system.

Milk is fine for some people, tree nuts can be very healthy fats in good moderation. I would draw the line at cottonseeds and corn. If I didn't have stomach pains from the years of abuse I put my body through when eating gluten and corn, I'd probably still try to eat PBJ sandwiches but I can't anymore. I eat almond butter now on occasion which isn't bad, but it isn't peanut butter, boy do I miss peanut butter. But life is a lot better with my hormonal/metabolic health from a normal carb diet with a painfree stomach. In any case, these above mentioned foods all may work for you, I think there are many people (maybe the majority) that are sick from these foods and don't know it (not from the mold but from metabolic syndrome and auto immune diseases). Cheers.

Mercer said at January 27, 2010 12:20 PM:

"Eating corn and legumes are rather novel and really part of a fad diet for humanity."

People have been eating legumes like chickpeas, lentils and beans for thousands of years. It is still a staple food in India and other parts of the world. Because legumes are high in fiber they help prevent diverticulitis.

Peanuts are in the legume family but because they have a lot of unsaturated fat their nutritional value is closer to nuts like almonds.

Zach said at January 28, 2010 5:52 AM:

3 million years of human history of not eating corn and legumes compared to at most the recent 5-10 thousand years, with obesity and diabetes growing daily with the more corn, legumes, and sugar we eat.

When I eat beans (from hummus or in any form) my diverticulitis symptoms come back and I have the gastrointestinal pain for a day or so. I think there are a lot of people who eat corn and legumes that are ignorant as to where there stomach pain comes from. They also also have ruined insulin levels and/or obesity from the high level of carbohydrate which yields very little nutritional value compared with other non-grain/non-starchy fruits and vegetables that have lower carb levels but much more nutrition.

Corn and legumes are what you eat when there's nothing else left to eat. Early societies would turn to these crops to avoid starving in the winter, or if they lived where game and fruits/vegetables weren't abundant. That's fine for people who like it, which I did I guess over the years of eating the stuff. But I just can't process it anymore.

I promise I won't continue posting comments with this because it's a bit off topic from the post!, but I think there are many foods that we eat today that are very dangerous if they aren't processed, and even after processing they are causing the human race to face some of the residual toxic substances and the metabolic syndrome from the high carb content. If peanuts have mold that grow on them, I'm sure eating them with spinach isn't a bad idea... but maybe something that attracts mold is not something that we should be eating in the first place? Cheers to all the cornfed and non-cornfed out there.

Zach said at January 28, 2010 11:07 AM:

"It is still a staple food in India and other parts of the world."

India To Carry Majority Of World's Heart Disease Burden By 2010

Rich said at January 28, 2010 7:37 PM:

When I lived in San Francisco, Vic's Restaurant in the financial district used to serve the "Rosemary's Baby Burger" -- a burger with peanut butter, guava jelly and spinach leaves. It was one of my favorites.

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