Peanut allergies can be fatal to children even to adults. Most of us are asking why we have a peanut allergy. What causes the allergy? How do we get it? We can’t hide the fact that there are a lot of people allergic to peanuts. Let’s have our minds enlightened on why there are so many people suffering from peanut allergies. Maybe we should start thinking if the way the peanuts are grown has something to do with it.
Let’s start on where peanuts are grown. We are all aware that peanuts are grown from the ground, and they even have soft shells. Growing peanuts require a farmer to use a lot of pesticides. Even the United States Department of Agriculture found eight pesticides in a peanut butter. We all know that it is the easiest way to consume peanut ingredient because we can find it every day and it’s always available on the market. Usually, a pesticide is sprayed on peanut crops every 8-10 days.
Chemicals are not good for our body. When we are exposed to peanuts, we are also vulnerable to the chemicals on it, which is one of the crops that have the most pesticides sprayed on it. Those chemicals will never be good for our health and it the allergies may be our body’s reaction when our body is exposed to these types of chemicals.
The sad part is 80% of the people who have peanut allergies since childhood cannot outgrow the allergic condition. If you have the allergy to peanuts, there should be extra care to avoid any intake since it can be fatal. For those who don’t have the condition, we should also be careful not to inflict problems to those who have. The allergy is very prominent to develop from childhood. For the parents, we should be careful in exposing our children to those hazardous chemicals. It’s always the best choice if we give our kids organic foods.
Food Intolerance and Food Allergy may have some similarities, but they are way different. Both can cause problems but in a very different way. I know you might be wondering what the difference between those two. Let me give you some insights so we can differentiate food intolerance and food allergy.
Food intolerance can cause discomfort, or it can make you sick
If you have a food intolerance, it means your body haven’t digested the food you ate the right way because of enzyme deficiency.
You can experience several symptoms of food intolerance like diarrhea, stomach cramps, heartburn, severe abdominal pain, gas and even headache.
Food intolerance does not happen all the time. It can occur if you over ate.
Food intolerance does not involve the immune system.
The body’s reaction to food intolerance does not happen immediately and can take up to 24 hours.
Food allergy can cause more than just discomfort because it can also be fatal if you suffer from anaphylaxis.
A food allergy happens when our anti-bodies fights the foods as if it’s a dangerous substance that went inside our body.
If you have a food allergy you can suffer from coughing, breathing problem, rashes, swelling, throat tightness or low blood pressure.
Just a small amount of food intake can trigger the allergy
The body’s reaction to food allergy will be instant as soon as you ate the food you’re allergic to.
Food intolerance and a food allergy may be different, but food triggers both. We have to be careful with what we eat because whether its intolerance or allergy it can cause extreme discomfort in our bodies. There are treatments and ways to treat food intolerance while we have to avoid the food we’re allergic to, it’s also important to seek professional advise, so we know what to do.
I’m not of those people who are allergic to peanuts, but I know that there are several reasons why we should not eat peanuts. It’s not the healthiest food on earth though it’s also not the worst. It’s just important that you are aware of the facts why we should not eat it but of course, the decision is yours. Let me tell you four important facts why you shouldn’t be eating peanuts then you decide for yourself if you want to continue eating peanuts.
1. Protease Inhibitors
Peanuts contain protease inhibitors that can cause allergic reaction and inflammation. It’s because the protease inhibitors will keep proteins to be absorbed by our body. As a result, our body will release too many enzymes that can cause those allergies.
If you don’t want to have any digestive problems, then I suggest you stay away from peanuts. It contains Galactins which is one particular type of fodmap that creates trouble to your digestive systems like irritable bowel syndrome and gastrointestinal disorders. You don’t want the feeling of being bloated all the time, right?
Peanuts have phytoestrogens that make your body release estrogen more than normal. If that happens, it can cause hormonal imbalance. It can cause irregular periods for women. You may have sleeping problems, acne breakouts, mood swings and so much more.
Phytates are not harmful, but it can prevent or slow down minerals and nutrients from other food to be absorbed by your body.
I’m not saying that peanuts are just pure bad but with these reasons, you can see that it’s not something that you should eat if you want to have a healthy and balanced diet. Yes, it may contain protein but not enough like what you can get from meat. It’s like food that has incomplete value.