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Fat Burning Foods, Day 6

Is it bad timing that this week’s fat burning food is peanuts?

Well, in my defense that whole salmonella scare has to do with peanut butter and the whack job places that process the peanuts.  Speaking of which, how the hell do they get away with not being inspected or regulated for 5 years?

Anyway, as I mentioned, this week’s fat burning food is peanuts.

I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with peanuts.  On the one hand, they’re a very healthy, fat burning food.  On the other hand, I’m always worried that if I tell someone it’s OK to eat peanuts, they’re going to eat the heavily salted, smoked, honey roasted, or whatever additive gets added to peanuts to make them tastier.

Or, it’ll mean that they can down jars of Jiffy or Peter Pan.

So let me clear this up.  Peanuts are a very healthy, fat burning food.  Natural peanut butter is a very healthy type of peanut butter.

As soon as you start buying the regular commercial brands of peanut butter like Peter Pan, Skippy, or whatever brand, you might as well be eating a Peanut Butter cup because that type of peanut butter is loaded with sugar and most of it has all the healthy oils removed.

The companies know that peanut oil is healthy, so they take it out in the processing and sell it off to health food makers.  Smart business, but not good for you.

So, if you’re going to eat peanuts, which I recommend, make sure you stick to raw peanuts or natural peanut butter.  And read the label on the natural peanut butter because some have been known to replace the healthy peanut oils with other types of oils.  Damn food manufacturers.

Peanuts are a great source of “healthy fats”.  The type of fats usually associated with salmon, flax and other nuts like almonds.  Peanuts often get overlooked – for the reasons I listed above – but they’re loaded with those healthy fats.

Plus they’re loaded with Vitamin E, protein and they even have the phytonutrient resveratrol – the antioxidant also found in red grapes and red wine.

Bet you didn’t know that, did you.

Peanuts also have a pretty good antioxidant profile overall.  They’re not as high as fruits and veggies, but they’re pretty darn high in their own right.

I don’t think I need to give you any ideas on how to add peanuts, or natural peanut butter, but here are some of my favorites.

Raw peanuts, spread peanut butter on sliced apples, add it to my homemade protein bars, PB&J sandwiches (good no matter how old you are).  You can also add them to a salad, and they’re also good in Asian foods.

Have a great weekend!

Ed

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