Pristine & Pure
Wild Jungle Peanuts are shade-grown in the pristine Ecuadorian rainforest. They are hand-harvested and carefully sun-dried in their shells on covered, elevated drying tables.
Because they're grown in their natural environment instead of on large-scale mono-crop farms, Wild Jungle Peanuts also naturally free of aflatoxin (a fungus that's a known irritant and allergen).
The partially-dried peanuts are flown out of the jungle on small aquatic airplanes and delivered to a pristine, organic certified processing facility in the nearest city, where they are shelled, cleaned and dried under stringent quality controls at VERIFIED RAW temperatures (under 118°).
Jungle Peanuts vs. Regular Peanuts
The major difference between our Wild Jungle Peanuts and ordinary varieties has to do with their purity, flavor, RAW status, and positive impact on the planet.
We also suspect that the hardy genetics of this heirloom crop, combined with their nutrient-rich soil and careful processing yield a more nutrient-dense food than comparable peanuts, but we will provide a clearer picture as soon as we are able to perform a more thorough laboratory analysis.
The symptoms that many people associate with consuming 'bad' foods like coffee, wheat, and nuts may have more to do with the handling of the food than the food itself. Mold contamination of large-scale commercial grain, coffee, chocolate, and peanut crops is a widespread but underreported problem. Since most agricultural commodities are roasted, cooked, or heavily processed, average farmers and buyers don't worry about mold contamination, but even after cooking, molds still can impact your health because they leave behind chemicals (mycotoxins) that aren't destroyed by heat. Science and government agencies are still trying to determine what the minimum safe levels are for various molds and mycotoxins, but the 'minimum safe level' may still interfere with optimal health and wellness.
Aflatoxins are a common fungal contaminant in peanuts worldwide, and have been linked to serious complications, including liver cancer. The FDA allows up to 15 parts-per-billion (ppb) of aflatoxin in peanuts destined for human consumption. Our wild jungle peanuts consistently show less than 2ppb and often less than 1ppb. That's up to 15 times less than what the average American is allowed to eat! To learn how we keep our aflatoxin levels so low, see the Processing section, above.
In addition to all these powerful nutrients, peanuts also contain beta-sisterol, a nutrient with proven anti-cancer benefits. This may explain studies that have linked peanut consumption with decreased risk of colon cancer (Awad AB, Chan KC, et al., Nutr Cancer). Beta-sitosterol also blocks cholesterol absorption in the digestive system, helping to reduce overall levels of cholesterol in the blood.
Nuts Fight Weight Problems
Despite their rich nutrient profile, many people avoid nuts because of their fat content, fearing that nuts will cause weight gain. But a study published in the journal Obesity showed that people who eat nuts two or more times a week are less likely to gain weight than those who avoid nuts, and even those who do gain weight gain much less if they are eating nuts regularly.