Basics in the pantry for storage – ? Peanut butter
With people focusing on stocking their pantries, I thought I would go over some basics with you.
Peanut butter can’t last for more than a year or so. So it is an item you should rotate through your storage. Items like honey and wheat kernels can last a lifetime ?
Peanut butter ingredients can be just peanuts and salt.
It doesn’t need hydrogenated oils, sugar added to it, or mono and diglycerides (possible trans fats in it). Hydrogenated oils increase our omega 6 intake which throws off our omega 6 to omega 3 ratio. Our omega 6 to omega 3 ratio should be around 2/1 or 3/1.(1)
According to this research the western diets have a ratio of 15/1 which “promote the pathogenesis of many diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and inflammatory and autoimmune diseases” (1)
A ratio of:
3/1 suppressed inflammation in patients with rheumatoid arthritis
5/1 had a beneficial effect on patients with asthma
2.5/1 reduced rectal cell proliferation in patients with colorectal cancer (1)
Sugar – the American Heart Association says teens and women should have less than 25grams of added sugar a day or 6 teaspoons. So eliminating sugar from peanut butter, spaghetti sauces, mayonnaise, and other condiments is a great way to lower your intake.(2)
When buying food storage or pantry items, still read those labels!
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