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Quit Peanut Butter For Better Skin

Sometimes, life is cruel. We grow up eating the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches mom packs for lunch, believing it is keeping us healthy. Then someone comes along and makes Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and we believe we have discovered nirvana. A literal peanut butter explosion ensues. We begin to invent new places to put this delicious spread. Peanut butter shows up in ice cream, in pretzels, as fillings in donuts, in cereals, on the ends of celery and carrot sticks it’s a veritable peanut butter breakout; but could the peanut butter breakout be responsible for the breakouts on your skin? New evidence shows a link between peanut butter and acne. Read on if you can bear it.

Omega -6 Fatty Acids
Aren’t these supposed to be good for you? Here’s the breakdown. You may know from looking at the label that peanut butter has a high fat content. Two tablespoons pack a whopping 16 grams. While most of that fat is mono saturated, 31% of it is polyunsaturated, which means it can trigger acne.
Omega-6 fats can cause inflammation. That means that when you get a clogged poor, a sebaceous gland could burst, which will cause your immune system to respond to what it perceives as an internal wound. When your body has an overload of omega-6 it has difficulty fighting inflammation, and that can make for some pimples that can stick around for a while. Try balancing omega-6’s with omega-3s to keep acne problems from becoming chronic/

Peanut Agglutinin
While it may sound like what a person turns into after eating too many peanuts, peanut agglutinins are lectins found in peanuts that can cause digestive problems. After eating, peanut agglutinin enters the blood stream and may well increase intestinal permeability. This means, it opens holes in the intestinal wall to make it easy for food particles to pass into the bloodstream. This may contribute to food allergies, autoimmune conditions, and systemic inflammation, such as “leaky gut,” which makes it difficult for the body to clear clogged pores before they develop into pimples, or full blown acne.

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Aflatoxin
Anything with the root word “toxin” could not possibly be good. Aflatoxin is a toxin created by molds which contributes to kidney and liver cancer, malnutrition, and virtue defects. Peanut butter is one of the most common dietary sources of aflatoxin. Although there is some evidence that the peanut butter making process may reduce aflatoxin by 89%, further studies need to be done to confirm whether or not the aflatoxin in peanut butter is a health concern. However, if aflatoxins are the problems, you’re probably better off with a processed peanut butter than a natural one, as the aflatoxin level tends to go down with increased processing.

Peanut Butter Is Addictive
“No kidding,” you say, as you scrape the last bit out of the jar. Peanut butter is what some might classify as a domino food, which means it may be a challenge to stop eating it. Remember,there are a lot of calories in just two tablespoons, and there’s a lot of tablespoons in a jar.

Sugar and Gluten
Most peanut butter on the market is made with sugar and hydrogenated oils, neither of which are very food for acne. Natural peanut butter may be a better choice, but you may want to put it on top of a banana rather than bread, and you may want to leave off the jelly, which will increase the sugar content.

Peanut Butter Alternatives
If you’re looking to cut down on the PB intake, cashew and almond butter are healthy alternatives, although they have yet to appear in Reeses products.

What do you think of these findings? Are you ready to cut down on the peanut butter? Let us know what you think.

Tools That You’ll Need To Go Gluten-Free

When you go gluten-free, cleaning out your fridge and pantry is only the first step. In order to truly rid yourself of the scourge of gluten, you’ll need to replace cookware and kitchen utensils as well. All porous surfaces can be harbingers of tiny amounts of gluten, and that may be enough to make you sick. If you want to truly rid yourself of gluten, here are some new tools you may need.

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Cutting Boards
It is probably close to impossible that your cutting board is free of scratches, and as is the case with your cookware, scratched surfaces equal gluten hideouts. Make sure to replace all cutting boards and use them only in gluten-free recipes.

Toaster
Since the toaster is probably the appliance in your kitchen most likely to come into contact with bread, it is not surprising that it should top your list as one of the first to go. If you are avoiding gluten, it is crucial to buy yourself a new one of these, and also make sure that you never allow gluten bread to enter your new replacement.

Silicone Spatulas
What do you get when you flip a gluten pancake? A gluten covered spatula. You might want to get colored spatulas to separate yours from those of your gluten eating house-mates, but make sure to label them anyway. It only takes one bad pancake flip to contaminate your entire spatula, so better be safe than sorry.

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Wooden Spoons
Wood is another porous gluten trapping material, therefore all wooden cookware will need gluten-free replacements. If you live with roommates who are not cooking gluten-free, be sure to label your items to avoid contamination.

Rolling Pin
If you’ve got your Grandma’s rolling pin, you might want to keep it in the closet for sentimental reasons, but you’ll want to get another one to roll out the dough for your gluten-free breads and pizzas.

Baking Sheets and Muffin Tins
The scratches in your non-stick baking sheets and muffin tins will be sure to test positive for traces of gluten. While stainless steel sheets and tins may not pose as serious a threat, make sure to give them a thorough scrubbing, especially in the corners.

non-stick pan

Non-Stick Pans
It’s the scratches in the non-stick pans which trap the gluten, and, if you possess non-stick pans, you probably are aware of the likelihood of their being scratched. Even the smallest scratches are enough to warrant disposal. Stainless steel or aluminum pans without non-stick coating do not present a risk, as long as they are washed well to root out any food residue.

Colander
Unfortunately, a used colander is beyond salvaging from the ravages of gluten, so hopefully your not too attached to yours. The gluten from pasta sticks inside the holes, no matter how diligently you clean. If you’ve got an old colander, replace it.

Let us know how you’re managing post-gluten life. We want to hear your advice on parting with your prized kitchen utensils and appliances.

Foods That Could Trigger Dermatitis

Dermatitis a heartbreaking condition. Otherwise know as eczema, it is characterized by inflammation of the skin resulting in redness, itchiness, blistered and sometimes thickened skin.  Symptoms can become painful and may result in oozing and scarring. Moreover, dermatitis most commonly begins in young children.

If dealing with this condition doesn’t sound challenging enough, there is yet another obstacle to sufferers.  Many people and dermatologists don’t believe that food has anything to do with causing eczema. Commonly,  when food allergy tests come back negative, it is assumed that the foods are not connected to itchy skin  The truth is that certain foods can cause very severe dermatitis flare ups.  The good news?  By eliminating certain foods you can improve your dermatitis by up to 95%.  Although different people are affected differently, these are some general guidelines of foods to avoid If you suffer from this condition:

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Dairy
When referring to dairy, we are usually talking about milk, cheese, whey and yogurt from grazing animals, that is goats, cows and sheep.  Raw, or unpasteurized, milk may be easier to digest and has even been known to even clear up dermatitis because of its probiotics and enzymes, but it may have the opposite effect if you are sensitive to casein protein.  Your best bet is avoiding commercial dairy altogether and use raw dairy with caution.

Gluten
if you have been to your favorite supermarket or restaurant lately, you may have noticed a large number of foods labeled ‘gluten free.’  If you are a suffering from dermatitis, this may be something you want to take notice of.  Wheat, rye, einkorn, faro, kamut and spelt are gluten based grains.  They are commonly found in spices, oars and lentils.  Luckily, with the recent attention being paid to the potential dangers of gluten, you can easily find substitutes.  You may be familiar with wholegrain substitutes like quinoa and you can even make your favorite desserts and pancakes with buckwheat or teff.

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Eggs
Eggs are hard to avoid.  They seem to be an essential ingredient in so many baked goods.  Unfortunately, they can be big triggers of dermatitis.  Chicken eggs are the worst offenders, and in some cases quail, goose and duck eggs can be eaten with no negative effects, but when in question, it is best to be safe and avoid eggs altogether.  Chia and flaxseed and safe substitutes.

Soy
Nowadays, you can find products touting the inclusion of soy because of its nutritional benefits.  Tofu, soy milk, seitan, miso tempeh and edamame are products that usually make no secret of their soy content.  However, for those with dermatitis, soy may not be so desirable.  While it is easy enough to avoid products that advertise soy, it is the hidden soy that you really must be wary of.  Watch out for ingredients like vegetable oil, vegetable protein, vitamin E and eggs from soy fed chickens.

Peanuts and Tree Nuts
Because many people have dietary issues with peanuts, most food containing nuts are clearly labeled and easy to avoid, but also note that many Asian dishes contain peanuts, so be careful when dining out.  Tree nuts include almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews, pine nuts, pistachios and Brazil nuts, so be careful with ice cream and candy.

As previously mentioned, different people can tolerate different foods.  The best thing to do is keep a diary of the foods you eat and keep in mind that reactions can occur from food eaten up to four days before an outbreak.  Begin by eliminating the foods that you believe are problematic and see how your skin reacts.  Once you begin to realize how certain foods effect you, you can start to plan for a more comfortable life.