I love spicy peanut sauce and when I eat Vietnamese or Thai food, I smother my food with it. But, of course, everything that taste too good to be true has to be bad for you and peanuts sauce is on the list because peanuts are not as healthy as you think.
Generally speaking, raw and sprouted nuts are good for you, but peanuts, which are actually a legume (part of the bean family), are not. Peanuts have a soft outer shell and grow underground which makes them susceptible to toxic molds, like Aflatoxin, which is known to be a carcinogen aka cancer-causing compound. Aflatoxin is associated with liver cancer, as well as impairing the growth and development in kids.
FYI: If you eat or give your kids PB&Js for lunch, it maybe time to switch to the AB&B: Almond butter and banana sandwich.
Peanuts also cause inflammation and increased cardiovascular disease because of the high Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio. Omega-6 is ONLY beneficial for your body when the ratio of Omega-6 and Omega-3 is in a 3 to 1 ratio. In the case of peanuts, the ratio is 3 to 6. You do the math. Not good.
Peanuts are also one of the most highly sprayed crops and even if you buy them organic, this will not fix the other issues, like the toxins and the unbalanced Omega ratio.
Now that peanuts are not longer part of the Haas Holistic Plan, I had to come up with a delicious alternative for everyone, that is not only PEANUT FREE, but also GLUTEN and SOY FREE!
In my dipping sauce that goes with my delicious Vietnamese Fresh Rolls, recipe below, I use almond butter instead of peanut butter, coconut liquid aminos instead of soy sauce and fresh tangerine or orange juice in place of the sugar that the traditional recipe uses. I even found an ORGANIC Sriracha Sauce. for youby Sky Valley.