[Tweeters] Jays, Crows, Peanuts, Sodium Chloride, and Roasting of Legumes

Gene Bullock bullockg at earthlink.net
Mon Nov 19 17:46:31 PST 2007

Sorry to cast a pall on the peanut thread, but peanut mold contains
aflatoxins, which are potent carcinogens. It's impossible to totally
eliminate peanut mold and I don't believe roasting eliminates the
aflatoxins. I was on the public relations staff at MIT when this was first
discovered in 1965. The Dept. of Nutrition and Food Science sent a team to
Thailand to study the unusual incidence there of a rare form of pancreatic
cancer. The climate is very damp and the diet depends heavily on peanuts.
I love peanuts and still eat them, but I try not to overdo it -- and that
includes peanut butter. Wheat mold may harbor a similar fungus. However,
with transfats, food dyes and other chemical additives in our foods and
cosmetics, this may be the least of our worries.
Gene Bullock
----- Original Message -----
From: "Robert Pisano" <pisano at nwlink.com>
To: <pjgumbo at aol.com>
Cc: <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Sent: Monday, November 19, 2007 4:11 PM
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Jays, Crows, Peanuts, Sodium Chloride,and Roasting
of Legumes

On Nov 19, 2007, at 3:58 PM, pjgumbo at aol.com wrote:

> I have enjoyed the posts on this snowballing topic and can second the

> comments on efficacy of the WBU wire-torus peanut cage. For some reason,

> the crows regard it quizzically but rarely if ever attempt to mount it.

> Jays can empty it in a matter of hours on a good day.


> I received strongly anti-salt advice a month or so back when I sought

> input on economical bulk peanut sources. Interesting to read posts mulling

> over this aspect. My instinct is that unsalted is probably wisest.


> However, the earlier respondents drew my attention to another important

> aspect of this that I think was shared off-line but ought to be a part of

> this thread. I gather that peanuts as well as some other leguminous

> products that could conceivably be considered bird feedstock have some

> component in the raw state that is at least a potential modest toxicant

> for the feathered ones. However the science shakes out on salt, roasting

> is supposedly mandatory. I don't have this multiply sourced, but it seems

> pretty credible.


> paul johanson

> pjgumbo at aol.com

> North Beach (N. Ballard), Seattle

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