Keep grains, nuts, and cereal in a cool and dry place. Widespread mold, known as Aspergillus flavus, can grow in many grains, nuts, and cereals–especially in warm and damp conditions. This mold produces a toxin known as aflatoxin before and after harvest. Thankfully, you need to ingest high concentrations of this toxin to get aflatoxin poisoning. However, this poisoning has been linked to causingliver damage and tumors. It’s the most potentnatural carcinogen because it intercalates into DNA. In addition, this toxin is highly heat stable and low doses of it over many years may lead to cancer. Eeeek … we have to be careful peanut butter lovers!
If you’ve been reading my blog, you know my motto:
MODERATION is Key!
But I’d like to introduce you to a new key concept, a concept known as …
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Last Wednesday, my foodtoxicology professor went over the different toxins, including carcinogens, that appear after grilling meats and veggies. She also shared what she does when she’s around grilled food, and of course, I wanted to share her brilliant knowledge with all of you! She explained to the class that the combination of certain foods can make a great difference in the way our bodies metabolize and detoxify toxins. For instance, if you want or have to eat a grilled burger or a nitrate/nitritefilled hot dog, pair it with an orange, rich in vitamin C, or some other antioxidant rich fruit.
How does this work you ask …
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The short truth about antioxidant rich fruit is that the antioxidants will induce some of your detoxifying enzymes, which in turn could help metabolize and detoxify the toxins you are putting in your body.
So, I decided to change my food toxicology motto:
MODERATION and COMBINATION is Key!
P.S. Don’t forget to stop by later this week, I’ll be discussing the toxins that appear after grilling meats and veggies!
This past weekend was not only Mother’s Day, but it was also The Whole Earth Festival. It’s a time when people from all over the Pacific Northwest come to Davis to frolic to the Bohemian music and sell and buy expensive, organic, homemade, recycled, earthy products. Not only is this a festival for the hippies and the un-showered folks from out of town, it’s the happiest place on earth for vegetarians and vegans. The quad is FILLED with ONLY vegan and vegetarian food options; not one item has meat!!!! There was even a RAW food stand. But raw food diets are not always good for you!
Lectin is a glycoprotein, in other words, sugar + protein. This natural toxin is found in plants, animals, viruses, and bacteria. The plant sources include red kidney beans, castor beans, peas, lentils, sweat peas, and soybeans. In addition, the lectin toxin is found mostly in the seed of the plant.
More specifically, lectin binds to specific sugars on the surface of cells. And is considered to be a direct predecessor of the immune system. Lectin intoxication is usually associated with acute toxicity; including symptoms like gastrointestinal distress; however, coupled with a fast recovery (3-4 hours). Not all lectins are toxic but typically this toxin causes clumping of red blood cells, or hemagglutins.
Thankfully, lectin can be destroyed by heat (cooking). Which is why human poisoning occurs when you eat UNDER-COOKED beans!!
Raw kidney beans contain 20,000 to 70,000 hemagglutinating units (hau) while fully cooked kidney beans only contain 200 to 400 hau.
This is also why some raw food diets are NOT so good for you!
Sometimes cooking food can denature the toxic proteins.