Aflatoxins in all nuts & seeds
It would be great if Dr Greger could post an update about the prevalence and potential risks of Aflatoxins (wikipedia) in nuts & seeds.
There is a little discussion in the comments below this old video from 2010 - Is Peanut Butter Good for You?
And this is rather worrying: ScienceDaily (2017): Sunflower seeds traced as source of toxic mold, potent liver carcinogen - and - full paper.
Chronic exposure to aflatoxin causes an estimated 25,000-155,000 deaths worldwide each year, from corn and peanuts alone. Since it is one of the most potent liver carcinogens known, the research to detect and limit its presence in sunflower seeds and their products could help save lives and reduce liver disease in areas where sunflowers and their byproducts are consumed
I fully agree! It's found in nuts, legumes, and whole grains, which is problematic because that's entirely what we are encouraged to eat. He did a video talking about how Chlorophyll from rich green leafy vegetables can bind to aflatoxins and decrease their bioavailability, but it would be good to hear a little more about that.
@jameslaymusic ... good news! Dr G recently hosted a webinar on this very topic ! Hopefully it will make the free video section in the upcoming weeks.
Mycotoxins—fungal toxins found in moldy food—are one of the few dietary contaminants suspected to have a higher presence in plant-based diets, though in some population studies 100% of blood samples turn up positive.
Are there some foods we should try to avoid to decrease our exposure, such as oat-based breakfast cereals for ochratoxin or dried figs for aflatoxin?
Dr. Greger took a deep dive into everything you ever wanted to know about mycotoxins but were afraid to ask in this 1-hour webinar and live Q&A.