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lectin confusion

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Created December 02, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Ok,so i'm new to this.Peanuts are worse than almonds because they have a higher amounts of lectins?Even roasted peanuts?Can you tell I don't want to give up my beloved peanut butter?No seriously I am trying to better understand the difference.

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on January 24, 2012
at 02:23 PM

Absolutely! I love it :)

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on January 09, 2012
at 05:43 PM

I get macadamia nut butter from Living Tree Community (http://www.livingtreecommunity.com/) They also make a totally amazing cashew butter -- and yes, it's expensive, but I find that the cost helps keep me from de-sensitizing myself by gorging on these beautiful and glorious treats. I adore both on celery sticks or having a spoonful melted into a baked sweet potato as a treat.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on January 07, 2012
at 01:08 PM

Where did you find macadamia butter?

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on January 07, 2012
at 01:07 PM

Yeah, but the occasional teaspoon, or even tablespoon of almond butter won't hurt you.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on January 07, 2012
at 01:06 PM

I did too, but switched to almond butter. Still high in n6, but for the occasional indulgence, it's not too horrible.

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on December 03, 2011
at 06:45 AM

I heart peanut butter. It is too tasty! ;) I don't eat it tho. :(

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on December 03, 2011
at 04:59 AM

Yeah I'm wit beth...

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on December 03, 2011
at 12:19 AM

I think cashew butter is as good as peanut butter.

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on December 02, 2011
at 09:21 PM

If you don't wanna give up the taste there are other nut butters even tastier, try dark chocolate almond butter, it tastes great. Peanuts are a common allergenic food so it's best to avoid them.

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on December 02, 2011
at 06:31 PM

should have read "against *peanuts* are that they are legumes, not nuts"

7d64d3988de1b0e493aacf37843c5596

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on December 02, 2011
at 06:30 PM

Lectin is just a general term that has become something of a paleo-boogey-man. Different foods have different types of lectins. Even fish and shellfish can have lectins. The main argument against legumes are that they are legumes, not nuts. Some other issues include aflatoxin contamination and the types of proteins in peanuts that have led to allergies and other issues.

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LOL at your tag.

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on December 02, 2011
at 05:57 PM

I thought the concern about peanuts wasn't lectins (any more so than other grains/legumes) but the presence of aflatoxins.

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on December 03, 2011
at 04:59 AM

Yeah I'm wit beth...

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on December 02, 2011
at 06:03 PM

Peanuts contain lectins which usually cause gut inflammation, among other things. They're also high in Omega-6 fatty acids.

From this article:

"Lectins do their damage when they hook up with sugar molecules found in your intestine or in the blood. When bound to the sugar molecule they render it inactive and useless. Even worse, since they are designed for plants, they easily become foreign invaders in your body. The union of the lectin with the sugar molecule compromises the human immune system; because the lectin compound is perceived as a foreigner.

This unrecognized alien now becomes an enemy to launch attack against. This causes an immune response to a false enemy. The human immune system attacks this lectin compound and in the process causes chronic inflammation."

More on lectin: http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0000687 http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6823/5/10 (this one suggests lectins may cause leptin resistance)

Dude, I love(d) peanut butter too but you after a while, you learn to live without things you don't need.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on January 07, 2012
at 01:06 PM

I did too, but switched to almond butter. Still high in n6, but for the occasional indulgence, it's not too horrible.

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Ca1150430b1904659742ce2cad621c7d

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on December 02, 2011
at 07:57 PM

If I may suggest -- while it's not an ideal, having cashew butter and macadamia nut butter completely eased my transition away from peanut butter (and it was made even easier because when you don't eat bread, you're not tempted to make peanut-butter sandwiches!!!!)

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

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on December 03, 2011
at 12:19 AM

I think cashew butter is as good as peanut butter.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19463)

on January 07, 2012
at 01:08 PM

Where did you find macadamia butter?

Ca1150430b1904659742ce2cad621c7d

(12540)

on January 09, 2012
at 05:43 PM

I get macadamia nut butter from Living Tree Community (http://www.livingtreecommunity.com/) They also make a totally amazing cashew butter -- and yes, it's expensive, but I find that the cost helps keep me from de-sensitizing myself by gorging on these beautiful and glorious treats. I adore both on celery sticks or having a spoonful melted into a baked sweet potato as a treat.

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A83897633eef0383e4ea2add2367314f

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on December 03, 2011
at 03:15 PM

Well peanuts are actually a legume, almonds are paleo safe. However they are high on omega 6 and if you don't have the right balance of omega 3/6 you set up inflammation of the body.

Almonds or almond butter, almonds in whatever form should be moderated. Peanut's in my honest opinion are pretty crud.

Almond butter has been roasted (oxidation) also. Not something you need in any great quantity. The oxidation of meat is probably enough as long as you eat plenty of veg to neutralize free radicals.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on January 07, 2012
at 01:07 PM

Yeah, but the occasional teaspoon, or even tablespoon of almond butter won't hurt you.

A83897633eef0383e4ea2add2367314f

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on January 24, 2012
at 02:23 PM

Absolutely! I love it :)

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Dfada6fe4982ab3b7557172f20632da8

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on December 02, 2011
at 08:15 PM

No seriously I am trying to better understand the difference.

Raw nuts and nut butters are ridiculously tasty. Peanuts aren't and make no sense.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on December 03, 2011
at 06:45 AM

I heart peanut butter. It is too tasty! ;) I don't eat it tho. :(

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