TANGIERS — There’s a time and place for everything, but when it comes to nuts, we’re in a weird spot right now.
We need to be making them, not just eating them.
But why do we need to do that?
Here are some of the questions you’ll want to ask yourself.
What is nuts?
Nut butter is made by soaking a nut in water, then combining it with sugar, salt and pepper.
The water gets so saturated that it turns to a creamy, sweet paste.
You can eat the mixture as a spread or as a dessert.
Where do nut nuts come from?
The oldest known nuts are found in the deserts of Africa, but the oldest known people in the Americas, the Aztecs, had a nut that was a key ingredient in their first dish, a nut pie called an oxtail stew.
Is nut butter safe?
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, nuts are nutritionally equivalent to peanuts, pecans, walnuts and almonds.
The FDA has not rated nut butter, but experts say it’s safe to eat.
Nut butter contains about 40 percent water, which means you can eat nuts, but only as long as you’re not overhydrating.
If you do overhydrate, you’ll get a mild rash, fever, diarrhea and cramping, and you’ll be sick.
Is nuts safe to chew?
Nut nuts can be chewed or eaten raw, but not both at the same time.
If eaten raw and chewed, they can cause serious allergic reactions.
They also are less absorbent than other nuts.
Does nut butter contain eggs?
No, but it does contain the hormone progesterone.
It’s the same hormone that makes women feel hot, and the same that makes men feel hot.
Progesterone is also present in the hormone estrogen, which is found in eggs.
Some people find that they get a tingling sensation in their hands and fingers after eating nuts, even if they haven’t yet eaten eggs.
The hormones are not toxic.
Is there a safe dosage for nut butter or peanut butter?
It depends on what you’re doing.
The National Institute of Food and Nutrition says that a dose of 10 grams (about 1/2 cup) of peanut butter contains less than 0.03 percent of the daily value of progesterol, which helps regulate body weight and metabolism.
A dose of 2 tablespoons (about 3/4 cup) can have as much as 0.3 percent of progestin.
That’s the equivalent of 0.4 milligrams (milligrams = one gram) of progerone.
Nut and peanut butter are both safe, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, but they aren’t interchangeable.
Can you make nut and peanut-butter ice cream?
You can, but you won’t have the same kind of chocolate ice cream flavor.
Nut-butters contain just 1 percent of sugar, whereas peanut butter has 8.5 percent.
If a recipe calls for a mixture of nut and egg, you can add the egg yolks, milk and water to make a smoothie.
Is it safe to use nuts for flavoring?
Nut oil, for example, has been used for flavouring in baked goods for decades.
It also is used in many processed foods, such as peanut butter, yogurt and candies.
The U.K. government said in 2015 that it had concluded that it was safe to put peanuts in food.
The British Food Standards Agency said in a statement that nut oils are safe to ingest.
But nut oil is not a food additive, which has been the case for more than a century.