What’s wrong with peanuts and cashews?

June 7, 2015

From the 5/6/15 eNewsletter of the Hippocrates Health Institute:

“Peanuts are not the best choice in a healthy diet. Most nuts grow above the ground on trees which keeps them relatively dry. This minimizes the possibility of developing mold, fungus and rot. Peanuts are unique as they grow below the ground making them much more susceptible to mold. Aflatoxin is a potent carcinogen produced by the Asergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus molds, which can grow on peanuts. The syndromes of aflatoxin toxicity are vomiting, abdominal pain, pulmonary edema, convulsions, coma, and even death.

To make matters worse, peanuts normally go through a sorting process after they are harvested. The best mold-free peanuts are reserved for roasting and eating whole. The remaining, less-than-pristine peanuts are often ground up and used for making peanut butter. These second rate peanuts may be infested with aflatoxin mold which goes unnoticed once ground up into peanut butter.

A much better option is to use raw almonds and raw almond butter instead of peanuts. Almonds are an excellent source of calcium which helps build strong bones and teeth. Other benefits of almonds include:

  • Reducing the risk of heart attack by lowering ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol and raising blood HDL.
  • Protecting artery walls from damage. This is because raw almonds have an antioxidant effect warding off free-radicals.
  • Provides protection against diabetes because raw almonds are a blood sugar balancer.

Make sure your almonds are “truly raw” and that you soak them for eight hours prior to eating or using in recipes. This releases the enzyme inhibitors making them easier to digest and more nutritious.

Most Americans are getting far too many omega-6 fats in their diet compared to omega-3 at a ratio of about 40:1. This is because the Standard American Diet (SAD) includes eating animal products, processed foods, and processed oils. We need a healthy balance of omega-6 and omega-3 oils at a ratio of about 1:1. Cashews contain too much omega-6. 

The other issue with cashews is that they are in the same family as poison ivy and poison sumac. This means that the cashew plant contains powerful chemical irritants, just like the previously named plants. Urushiol is the ingredient in poison ivy that binds to your skin causing a rash, but it occurs in a much smaller amount in cashew husks.

People who are extremely sensitive to poison ivy may even get a rash on their lips from eating cashews. You must be wondering why we are able to eat cashews and not have any reactions? The chemical irritants are only found in the shell and not in the nut itself. To make sure that the cashews are free of these irritants, manufactures heat the nuts in the shell at a very high temperature to destroy them. Even “raw” cashews have actually been heat treated. 

An excellent substitute for cashews is pine nuts and macadamia nuts which are also sweet and creamy. Just like with almonds, make sure your pine nuts and macadamia nuts are “truly raw” and that you soak them for eight hours prior to eating or using in recipes.”

And a recipe from them…

“From the Kitchen – Pad Thai

Trying to ditch the peanuts? Try our amazing version of the classic Pad Thai

Pad Thai with Almond Ginger Dressing Pad Thai, Yield: 4 Servings
1 1/2 C. Spiralized Purple Top Turnips
2 C. Bean Sprouts
1/3 C. Thinly Sliced Scallion
1/2 to 1/4 C. Almond Ginger Dressing
1/4 C. Chopped Dehydrated Almonds

1. In a bowl, combine the radish noodles, bean sprouts, and scallion. Add fresh cilantro and/or basil if desired.
2.Toss the Almond Ginger Dressing with the noodles and scallions.
3. Add he bean sprouts and mix again.
4. Add chopped almonds and mix again.
5. Plate and garnish with additional bean sprouts, scallions and almond.

Almond Ginger Dressing, Yield: 4 Cups
2 C. Chopped Bell Pepper
1 C. Raw Almond Butter
1/2 C. Chopped Scallion
1/4 C. Chopped Red Beet
2 T. Chopped Ginger
1 Clove Garlic
1 1/2 T. Kelp Powder
1 C. Water
1 T. Braggs Aminos or Nama Shoya (optional)
1/2 T. Fresh Lemon Juice
Cayenne to taste

1. In a blender combine all ingredients (of the dressing). Blend well and season to taste.”


The Healing Power of Olive Leaf Extract

December 1, 2010

Crazy thing: drugs that suppress the body’s immune system or only treat symptoms. Solution: Try a natural remedy. One example is olive leaf extract.

Olive Leaf Extract may well be one of the most significant anti-infection agents ever discovered. …For over 6,000 years, an extract from the leaves of this revered tree has been used as a folk remedy for many types of infections.

Scientific research has now shown that olive leaf extract contains powerful active ingredients, such as oleuropein and calcium elenolate, which actually help destroy viruses, fungi, bacteria, and parasites that cause disease. Although olive leaf extract is capable of killing a broad range of infection-causing agents, it does not harm the beneficial bacteria in your body. Many studies show it to be very safe, nontoxic and effective, even for children.

Research shows a wide range of actions of olive leaf extract. It has the ability to:

  • Powerfully strengthen the immune system
  • Degrade organisms of all types, without harming the normal flora. Examples include Giardia, Chlamydia, fungi (such as candida), yeast, Clostridium, Helicovacter, viruses, etc.
  • Stop arthritis inflammation in both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Reduce insulin need in diabetics.
  • Eliminate chronic fatigue.
  • Reduce elevated blood pressure in high blood pressure patients.
  • Normalize abnormal heart beats – arrhythmias
  • Clear fungus of all types – jock itch, athlete’s foot, fungal nails, etc.
  • Clear viruses of all types – herpes, influenza, colds, cytomegalovirus, Epstein-Barr virus, retroviruses such as AIDS, etc.
  • Decrease pain from hemorrhoids.
  • Create abundant energy.
  • Give permanent relief of malaria.
  • Neutralize the production of reverse transcriptase as well as protease.

By interfering with the amino acid processes of pathogenic microbes, olive leaf extract prevents them from reproducing. Some studies suggest that calcium elenolate can enter virally-infected cells in the body and stop them from replicating.

Virus shedding is the process by which viruses reproduce. Calcium elenolate attaches to the cell’s membrane and stops the viruses from multiplying and spreading. Calcium elenolate neutralizes the virus’ production of reverse transcriptase and protease. Without these enzymes, a retrovirus (such as AIDS) cannot alter the RNA of a healthy cell in order to reproduce itself. The virus is stopped cold.

(source: http://www.phpure.com/nutrition_products/oleuropein.htm )

It is also said that olive leaf extract lowers hypertension and improves blood circulation. It also helps in reducing bad cholesterol and at the same increases good cholesterol level. Scientific studies have proven the various benefits of olive leaf extract. Due to the presence of antioxidants, this extract helps in scavenging free radicals, which are responsible for attacking body cells and tissues. Hence, it restores cells by preventing cellular damage.

It is also said to be good in the treatment of ear infections. I encourage you to google ‘olive leaf extract’ and do some research of your own if interested. Or go out and buy some olive leaf extract. (I have the liquid version which is kept refrigerated).

more info:
http://www.buzzle.com/articles/olive-leaf-extract-benefits.html
http://www.buzzle.com/articles/benefits-and-side-effects-of-olive-leaf-extract.html


Today’s diet 11/29/10

November 29, 2010

Breakfast: banana
Lunch: raw vegan lettuce wrap (cucumber, carrot, sunflower sprouts, tomato, avocado, nut cheez in a big lettuce wrap of collard greens). very delicious.
Snack: vegan cookie
Dinner: tbd


Milk does not do the body good

November 29, 2010

It’s sad that most people think that milk is good for them and that they need it for calcium, when in fact the opposite is true.

Animal protein causes bone loss.
Read this article about milk and calcium. (it also lists some alternative sources of calcium):
http://www.notmilk.com/deb/092098.html

What else is wrong with milk and why is it not good for us? Read this:
http://www.notmilk.com/kradjian.html

What do I drink as vegan replacement for milk? Almond milk or Coconut milk. Read about some of Coconut milk’s health benefits:
http://www.ehow.com/facts_4744724_coconut-milk-health-benefits.html

“Half the medium-chain fatty acids in Coconut milk are composed of lauric acid, which is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-fungal. Coconut milk can help boost the immune system.”

and more info in a video about why cow’s milk is bad:


Raw food I ate

May 3, 2010

Here’s some things I’ve eaten lately as a raw food vegan

I went to a raw food potluck recently and here’s a photo of what I ate. It was great and I had mango & lettuce salad, asparagus, avocado, butternut squash salad, grapes, strawberries, apples, cucumbers, kale & tomato salad, broccoli, carrots, green beans, a pumpkin seed cracker with nut pate, and a salsa. Very tasty, colorful and nutritious.
Oh and for dessert I had a slice of raw cinnamon & apple pie. =)
Also I had recently… Strawberries and romaine salad with sunflower sprouts, sunflower seed crackers and a tomato basil dressing.
and hummus pizza on onion bread with sprouts, bell peppers and tomatoes. also cauliflower & dill salad and cucumbers.

and a Butternut squash salad with raw stirfry veggies.

also had raw chocolate (cacao) drops with almonds and coconut. And organic fruit (peaches, papaya, mango, banana, cantaloupe, etc.)


Standard American Diet (SAD)

April 30, 2010

Each year, the typical American on the standard american diet (SAD) consumes 600 cans (or 56 gallons) of soda annually, 150 hamburgers, 200 orders of french-fries, and 180 pounds of meat. And they purchase, on average, 125 take-out meals each year. What is more disturbing is that 90% of foods Americans purchase every year are processed foods lacking in essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants; in 1940, this statistic was only 10%. The number of people eating five servings of fruits and vegetables declined in the last 18 years from 42% to 26%.

And they consume about 140 pounds of sugar each year. That’s the sugar equivalent of 3,628 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in the next 12 months. That’s just crazy. People should switch to raw foods and they’d be alot healthier. Of course the advertisers don’t want you to do that.


Raw and cooked food comparison

April 29, 2010

From the film “Breakthrough” the documentary.


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