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Are unsalted peanuts in a shell good for you?

I recently heard that they are not because they are grown on the ground? and I don't get what is meant by that? any info or comments? I thought they were good for you.


Asked by QandA at 11:18 AM on Mar. 21, 2010 in Food & Drink

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  • Peanuts contain mycotoxins similar to mold. Some people are allergic to these chemical compounds. Others aren't.

    Foods that are grown underground (potatoes, carrots, peanuts, radishes, etc) absorb more pesticides, herbicides, and chemicals from industrial farming methods than above ground crops. Above ground crops have the chemicals on the skin. Like tomatoes-- they can be washed. Root crops absorb the chemicals all the way into the foodstuff. Washing just removes surface dirt.

    Perhaps the person was suggesting that you eat only organic produce from in-ground plants.

    Answer by ecodani at 1:10 PM on Mar. 21, 2010

  • That's silly.
    Yes, they are good for you (in moderation), providing protein and iron.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:25 AM on Mar. 21, 2010