Are you a nut lover and chose that as a healthy snack? You should be commended for your healthy choice. However, Karen Langston, Chief Body Reorganizer and Extreme Food Whisperer took a look at the back of the label of a certain cashew package, and she was shocked from her research. You will be shocked too!
Reading labels is so important, “knowledge is power” and you have the power over your body and what you put into it. According to Langston, “You must read the ingredient list and also understand it and the following is a great example of what you would not expect.”
Langston researched a particular package of cashews that has questionable ingredients. Listed ingredients on the package of the cashews were, cottonseed oil, soybean oil, peanut oil and salt. That sounds o.k. right? Well, not so much, read the following breakdown of these ingredients by Langston.
Langston states, “Cottonseed oil was the first oil to be hydrogenated and was originally intended for candle production but was found useful for non-food products such as, cosmetics, explosives, insecticides, rubber and soap. The first introduction as a food product was in Crisco Shortening. Soybean oil is produced from the cracked soybean, adjusted for moisture content, rolled into flakes and then the oil is extracted with hexane. Hexane is a colorless, flammable liquid alkaline derived from petroleum used to extract edible oils from seeds and vegetables. Hexane is also used as a special-use solvent, and as a cleaning agent, (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency).” Langston further states, “Soybean oil has some healthful benefits but what the manufacturing industry has done to it, outweighs those benefits. Soybeans are a global crop for farm animals and the food industry and research is revealing that soy consumption has been linked to a number of disorders. Disorders such as, infertility, increased cancer, infantile leukemia, type 1 diabetes, and precocious puberty in children fed soy formula. Hundreds of epidemiological, clinical and laboratory studies link soy to malnutrition, digestive distress, thyroid dysfunction, cognitive decline, reproductive disorders, cognitive immune system breakdown, heart disease and cancer.” According to Langston, “Peanut oil has beneficial properties of oleic acid and Omega-6 linoleic acid. Consumed in high amounts of Omega-6 can cause inflammation in the body. Inflammation is responsible for many diseases, ailments and conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.” Langston advises, “If you suffer from inflammatory type conditions such as gout, arthritis, or inflammatory bowel disease, you may want to steer clear of all peanut and peanut oil products.”
Langston’s advice, “There are easy to find healthy products, it just takes some work. Disregard marketing language and flip to the backside of the package to read the ingredients. If there are ingredients you can not pronounce or you don’t know what they are, then it is best to put the package down. Look for nuts that are raw. Raw nuts contain oils with beneficial health properties. If you can not find raw, look for dry roasted. Dry roasted means they have not been fried in questionable oil. Avoid nuts containing the above listed oils including canola oil.”
Langston advises, when you pick up a package of cashews, the ingredients should say, “ingredients cashews.” Take a few moments in the grocery store and really read the ingredients listed on the back of the package, you may be in for a big surprise! To read the Karen Langston’s full article on this topic click on the highlighted areas, Karen Langston can be found on facebook and twitter.