Pasta may be a quick and tasty meal, but it's not always great for your health and digestion! Body Ecology offers delicious alternatives to this classic meal that don't feed bad bacteria.
Nuts contain concentrated nutrients; after all, they have enough energy to grow an entire new plant. But some nuts are better than others.
Learn how to choose nuts and prepare them so that you reap all the benefits of this power food!
Keep in mind that almonds are the only nuts on the initial stage one of the Body Ecology program because they are the least acidic and for many, the easiest to digest. Once your inner ecosystem is healed, you may want to start experimenting with other nuts, like walnuts, cashews, pecans, etc.
All nuts are high in the B vitamins, which are necessary for metabolism and cell growth. Nuts are also good sources of heart healthy fats and antioxidants, making them the ideal food for preventing heart disease and cancer.1
They also combine well with fruits from the acid fruit family.
Here is our guide to common nuts:2
Peanuts are susceptible to a fungus that generates poisons called aflatoxins. Aflatoxins can cause liver damage, so many people avoid peanuts and peanut products unless they know the source keeps the peanuts fresh and free from fungi.
Did you know that peanuts could be toxic? Harvested peanuts easily grow a fungus that generates poisons (called aflatoxins) that can harm your liver. Get your copy of The Body Ecology Diet to learn more about soaking, sprouting and eating nuts for your health!
Before you eat your raw nuts, be sure to soak or sprout them first. Soak them for at least 8-12 hours or overnight in purified water with a pinch of sea salt. This makes them easier to digest, and removes an outer coating that contains a digestive enzyme inhibitor.
Also be sure your nuts are raw or dehydrated at a low temperature until dry and not roasted. Roasting destroys some of the vitamins and many of the valuable live enzymes in raw nuts. Grinding soaked nuts (in a Vita-Mix or food processor) into a pate' also helps with digestion.
Nuts are one of Mother Nature's gifts: they contain ample nutrients to help us live healthy lives, they're versatile and taste great!
A natural choice for snacks and meals, nuts can be your portable powerfood.
You may have heard that the Almond Board of California (ABC) proposed a voluntary (not mandated by government) "Action Plan" to pasteurize all almonds originating from California.
This rule was called for in response to two recalls of raw almonds from conventional farms due to the presence of salmonella.
The ruling has resulted in a backlash from consumer groups because labels will NOT show that almonds bought in the US, Mexico and Canada are in fact pasteurized (even raw almonds!). In addition, almond handlers and processors are concerned that they are not equipped for this new process.
The ABC was scheduled to implement the ruling in September 2007, however, the ABC chose to delay the rule until March 2008, pending USDA approval.7
Some almond processors may have begun pasteurization already in order to voluntarily comply with the mandate.
As you know, Body Ecology is a proponent of unpasteurized and unprocessed foods as a way to heal your inner ecosystem. We know those who follow the Body Ecology program agree, so take action now! The Weston A. Price Foundation has suggestions for how you can voice your opinion to the right people.