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Spice_zing Mar 20, 2012 08:44 PM

Here’re a couple of mine.

I discovered that there’s a preservative added to nuts that makes them hard to digest. So, I now soak or blanch, then toast before eating. More time-consuming but a lot less indigestion.

Been wondering about “food-grade” wax on fruit, i.e. apples, oranges, lemons. Don’t use as much zest since I saw that on a label.

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    Maximilien RE: Spice_zing Mar 21, 2012 03:03 AM

    "preservative added to nuts" ??? link/reference please ?

    As for wax, that's why people wash their fruits before using/eating them.

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      ferret RE: Maximilien Mar 21, 2012 12:53 PM

      I think the poster is reacting to TBHQ hysteria. It's an additive that prevents oils from going rancid and has been added to some roasted nuts. Possibly problematic in massive doses much higher than possible with reasonable consumption. HOWEVER, it will appear on a label if present and, as an avid nut-snacker myself, don't see it on any of the packages in my desk.

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        Spice_zing RE: Maximilien Mar 21, 2012 06:04 PM

        Here’s a few links.

        http://www.thenourishinggourmet.com/2...

        http://naturalbias.com/a-hidden-dange...

      2. viperlush RE: Spice_zing Mar 21, 2012 12:35 PM

        Have you seen this monster thread on the Home Cooking Board?

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/678469

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          Spice_zing RE: viperlush Mar 21, 2012 06:07 PM

          Lots of great info. Thanks.

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          ferret RE: Spice_zing Mar 21, 2012 12:48 PM

          There are a number of fruit/vegetable wash products out there that purport to remove any waxes.

          1. goodhealthgourmet RE: Spice_zing Mar 21, 2012 12:56 PM

            there's no preservative that's commonly "added to" nuts (unless they've been adulterated and it's listed clearly on the package); i believe you must have misunderstood something you read. nuts, legumes & grains contain naturally-occurring substances - such as phytic acid, oxalic acid and enzyme inhibitors - that can make digestion difficult or interfere with nutrient absorption. they do act somewhat like preservatives within the plant because they prevent rotting or premature sprouting, but they're inherent factors of the plant's immunity, not substances that have been added to them by humans. soaking the nuts (or seeds, or grains, or legumes) helps neutralize these substances, making the foods more digestible.

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              Spice_zing RE: goodhealthgourmet Mar 21, 2012 06:11 PM

              That explains it. You're a wealth of knowledge.

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                goodhealthgourmet RE: Spice_zing Mar 21, 2012 06:14 PM

                always happy to help!

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