When I’m home I often grocery shop for my mother. One day, when I grabbed the grocery list I noticed an interesting comment written by my sister, “buy organic peanut butter, my yoga teacher said that if you were going to buy anything organic, it should be peanut butter, I don’t remember why, but it was a good reason.” O Michelle, we love you. But, she is right.
Non-organic peanuts are the most pesticide ridden food on the market. A particular mold called aflatoxin grows on these peanuts, and this toxin is a known carcinogen. I’ll be using the word carcinogen a lot, so I’ll take a moment to explain why they are dangerous to the human body.
Carcinogens do not directly cause cancer, but they wear down the cell by mutating the DNA. Usually your body has time to repair the damage done to the DNA, but if not then you are left with mutated DNA. When this mutated cell begins to multiply, then you have cancer.
Aflatoxin is highly carcinogenic and is threatening to liver cells. This isn’t speculation! I have read studies that observe this carcinogen’s effect on liver cells and the cancer it causes. Despite this information, the USDA states that even though almost ALL commercial peanut butters have some amount of aflatoxin, it is a small enough amount that won’t harm consumers. Really? A little bit of exposure to toxic substances never hurt anyone right? I’m not too inclined to trust them. Be aware that pesticides and food additives are relatively new to the food market and our bodies. Researches have only tested the effects of one to three pesticides or food additives at a time. The average American is exposed to over 3,000 different food additives and hundreds of different pesticides every year. I don’t feel the USDA has enough evidence to support their statement. Somebody show me the proof!
We should be allowed to choose the amount of a “safe level of toxins” for our bodies. Now that you know, you can decide. So, I’m not telling you guys to give up the PB&J sandwiches, that would just be wrong. But, I still agree with Michelle on this one, organic peanut butter might be a better choice than the convential. Buying organic can be expensive, but knowing which foods are most important to buy organic can really save you money in the long run.