To Eat or Not to Eat: Nuts & Soy
Should we be eating nuts? They can be a great source of vegetable protein and provide a wide variety of vitamins and minerals. Walnuts are an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids. One ounce of almonds or hazel nuts provides 35-40% of your minimum daily requirement of vitamin E. Pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds are very high in zinc. Unless you’re allergic to nuts, I highly recommend making them a part of your diet. The important issue with nuts and seeds is to eat them raw or unheated. The oils in nuts and seed can become rancid when heated and possibly carcinogenic. As always, organic is best.
Peanuts, though similar to nuts, are actually a legume. They can be difficult to digest and many people are severely allergic to them. Why so? The leading cause is thought to be aflatoxin—a toxin from mold. From the USDA Web site: “Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring mycotoxin produced by two types of mold. Aflatoxin damages the liver and is a potent carcinogen.” If you want to include peanut butter as part of your diet, make sure it’s organic and certified free of aflatoxin and mold.
If you enjoy nut butters, experiment with raw almond butter rather than peanut butter. It’s a delicious alternative.
Soy has become a popular ‘health’ staple. Soy milk or cheese, tofu, protein drinks, energy bars and soy burgers are available everywhere these days. Soy is also added to countless processed foods. The question must be asked: Is soy good for us? In fact, soy contains a toxic biochemical called phyto-hema-glutinin or PHG for short. PHG is a large protein molecule that has been proven to agglutinate (or make sticky) human blood. This process greatly increases the risk of clot formation in your blood vessels and its effects are cumulative.
Soy is also very difficult to digest and has been associated to an increase in endocrine disorders, hypothyroidism, reduced fertility and certain cancers. Giving babies soy formula can lead to many problems in their developing brains and bodies. For these reasons, I highly recommend that people eliminate soy from their diets.
(Sources: The Dark Side of Soy by Mary Vance Terrain, Young Again! How to Reverse the Aging Process, by John Thomas)