Heavy Metal Avoidance Tip #6 - Peanuts!
Do You Love Peanuts! Well it may be time to think again?
Peanuts are well known to contain the heavy metal cadmium and in past decades have contained unsafe levels. More recently government and industry have been working together to monitor and manage cadmium in the Australian peanut crop.
Forget peanuts for a second and let’s look at cadmium, it’s probably one of the most concerning heavy metals around. Cadmium is a well-known carcinogen connected to Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer. Most people we have tested had some level of cadmium in their body, which is troubling because of the effects it has on human health. Cadmium is well known to lead to kidney damage and potentiate the effects of diabetes, it can also lead to osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease.
In our opinion there is no safe level of cadmium, albeit the peanut farmers and government working hard to keep levels down. The problem is that peanuts love to draw up cadmium of the soil, and depending on how old the farm is, the farming methods employed, and the country of origin can all have a baring on the Cadmium levels in the final product.
Eating organic Australian grown peanuts is probably your safest bet, and only buying products that use single origin Australian nuts too (eg peanut butter, processed foods, food bars, mixed nuts). Peanuts can be a problem for individuals with higher of cadmium in their system or hormonal disturbances.
We also suggest having a heavy metal test done with Scott, just head over to the link above to find our how. We also suggest consuming specific foods which are high in Zinc and including MCP Detox Fibre and Superbiotic Grasses Fermented Food.