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Is peanut butter healthy?

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Created January 19, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Please, what do you think and know about pros and cons of peanut butter?

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on July 18, 2013
at 01:01 AM

as much as I love peanut butter, NO.

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on February 28, 2013
at 07:25 PM

That...would not be better.

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on April 02, 2011
at 12:05 AM

I have substituted almond butter for PB. I need to "miss" the almond butter more than I do.

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on January 22, 2011
at 12:22 AM

Maybe my straight-from-the-jar habit actually has a side benefit then ;)

166f449979d83186bd876e8f466d0a69

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on January 21, 2011
at 06:41 PM

Unfortunately I'm no expert, but my guess would be yes. The only thing I've heard about phytic acid is that it inhibits absorption, not that it leaches minerals from elsewhere - but id have to look it up again to check!

03f5a69fde4012b827ebdb6d93b71e7a

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on January 21, 2011
at 02:13 AM

Is the impact of this reduced if you eat it alone?

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on January 20, 2011
at 02:23 AM

If only. This is one of the foods I miss the most :(

4e40d2b9e1a762949a25b958762aa10d

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on January 19, 2011
at 10:03 PM

Where is the evidence for the atherogenic potential of lectins? Perhaps I missed it while searching on PubMed, ISI Web of Knowledge. Do you have links?

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on January 19, 2011
at 08:40 PM

You bring up a good point, tavis. I do indeed think it's better general with any food to pulverize with your own teeth, but especially with nuts as it's just too easy for anyone: glutton, super athlete, normal dude, anybody to eat way more than you think. While things like mashed rice soup are used medicinally in Asia when digestion is compromised I think that like 99% of the time it's wise to masticate unprocessed foods;)

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on January 19, 2011
at 08:22 PM

Zero pros. Many cons. Avoid.

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on January 19, 2011
at 08:20 PM

Peanuts are legumes, not nuts, so generally they are not considered paleo. You can read about why this is here, in this excellent article:

http://whole9life.com/2009/12/peanut-manifesto/

Excerpt:

It???s not the ingredients in the peanut butter we don???t like, it???s the peanuts themselves. When peanuts grow, they can harbor carcinogenic mold called an ???aflatoxin???. This goes for conventional and organic peanuts. The longer they sit (during shipping, for example), especially in warm temperatures and high humidity, the more mold grows. And as it???s nearly impossible to buy peanuts ???local???, as they are only grown in a few Southern locations, more likely than not that even your organic peanuts are suspect.

The far bigger concern, however, is that peanuts contain lectins which are believed to have inflammatory and atherogenic potential. Most plants contain lectins, some of which are toxic, inflammatory, or both. Many of these lectins are resistant to cooking and to digestive enzymes, and some have been scientifically shown to have significant GI toxicity in humans. Lectins from grains (especially wheat) and legumes (including peanuts and soybeans) are most commonly associated with aggravation of inflammatory and digestive diseases in the body. (As an aside, dairy from cows fed grain-based diets can also contain these grain-derived lectins.)

4e40d2b9e1a762949a25b958762aa10d

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on January 19, 2011
at 10:03 PM

Where is the evidence for the atherogenic potential of lectins? Perhaps I missed it while searching on PubMed, ISI Web of Knowledge. Do you have links?

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on April 02, 2011
at 08:22 PM

Some peanut butter brands have a horrendous ingredient list. To give the benefit of the doubt, we'll assume here that you are referring to peanut butter with only one single ingredient: peanuts

Pros:

  • tastes good

  • contain resveratrol and several important minerals

  • decent protein content

Cons:

  • peanuts are legumes, high in phytic acid and antinutrients (counterbalancing much of their mineral content)

  • 30-35% of the fat content is omega6 polyunsaturated

  • related to above bullet point, if the peanuts are roasted, the fats are certainly damaged. This is NOT GOOD.

  • many peanuts contain high levels of aflatoxins

  • many humans are severely allergic to peanuts for a reason

  • 'toxic' lectins (virtually all foods have lectins, but legumes are higher in the more damaging kind of lectins)

My personal take: I eat almonds/almond butter instead (somewhere in between moderation and modesty). Simply put, there are just too many reasons to not eat peanut butter that overwhelm the reasons to eat it.

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03f5a69fde4012b827ebdb6d93b71e7a

on January 20, 2011
at 12:15 AM

One pro: tasty :) I'll admit that as my favourite food, it's my one regular cheat -- either out of the jar from the fridge or combined with coconut or palm oil for 'fudge'. I buy the creamy, organic Whole Foods brand, with only added salt and palm oil.

Not paleo though. Just tasty and a reasonable cheat treat imho.

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on April 02, 2011
at 08:28 PM

In the big picture, a little from time to time won't hurt you at all. If you get the kind with the fewest ingredients you're probably going to be ok if you don't partake more than once/week or something like that.

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on January 19, 2011
at 07:47 PM

Most of it is contaminated with aflatoxins, so I avoid it. Even if that weren't the case, I avoid foods that are pulverized and reconstituted; I'll leave that up to my teeth and GI tract.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on January 19, 2011
at 08:40 PM

You bring up a good point, tavis. I do indeed think it's better general with any food to pulverize with your own teeth, but especially with nuts as it's just too easy for anyone: glutton, super athlete, normal dude, anybody to eat way more than you think. While things like mashed rice soup are used medicinally in Asia when digestion is compromised I think that like 99% of the time it's wise to masticate unprocessed foods;)

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Df1125fd7ac03958c3083f2a1c2770d9

on July 18, 2013
at 12:56 AM

I think you folks are all paranoid. Peanut butter is harmless and tastes good so eat all you want. How many people do you personally know who got sick or died from eating peanut butter? How about did not personally know but read about it in the news? I thought so. See? You really ARE just paranoid!

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on April 01, 2011
at 11:50 PM

Phytic acid is a strong chelate -- a molecule that essentially wraps around and cages charged minerals. In this case, phytic acid chelates, and therefore precludes from absorption, zinc, iron, magnesium, and calcium. It's chelate activity functions over a wide pH range, so the high pH of the duodenum and low pH of the stomach fail to significantly inhibit its impact on your absorption of healthy metal ions.

Someone else mentioned aflatoxin. Big time carcinogen.

On the other hand, it's yummy. So is beef. Go make yourself a hamburge, and you'll forget all about peanut butter cravings!

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166f449979d83186bd876e8f466d0a69

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on January 20, 2011
at 12:24 AM

I remember Rami Nagel, he of the book on how to heal cavities naturally, said that peanut butter was nothing more than a junk food thanks to all the phytic acid (it decreases nutrient uptake). But that's something that WAPF followers seem to be far more concerned about than paleo followers, since all nuts and seeds contain physic acid. Aside from the lectins, though, peanuts seem to have a really high level of physic acid, meaning they will decrease the calcium, vitamin d (and other minerals and vits I forget!!) uptake from the foods you eat with it.

03f5a69fde4012b827ebdb6d93b71e7a

(2007)

on January 21, 2011
at 02:13 AM

Is the impact of this reduced if you eat it alone?

03f5a69fde4012b827ebdb6d93b71e7a

(2007)

on January 22, 2011
at 12:22 AM

Maybe my straight-from-the-jar habit actually has a side benefit then ;)

166f449979d83186bd876e8f466d0a69

(1317)

on January 21, 2011
at 06:41 PM

Unfortunately I'm no expert, but my guess would be yes. The only thing I've heard about phytic acid is that it inhibits absorption, not that it leaches minerals from elsewhere - but id have to look it up again to check!

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on February 28, 2013
at 05:54 PM

Crap. My daughter eats a lot of this. I have tried to get her to try other butters. Not the same. This is what I will do: take all of the peanut butter in the house/pantry and put it in a huge bowl. Add 1/3 of that amount of coconut oil and that same amount of grass-fed butter and a little himalayan salt. This should be better. I'll make her combine it all until blended. :D

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on February 28, 2013
at 07:25 PM

That...would not be better.

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on August 29, 2012
at 09:45 PM

depends what you want? it does have a high calorie content but for gym users wanting to bulk this is what you want. As long as you get the organic stuff the high fat content is mono and polyunsaturated fats which are good for you plus plenty of vitamins such as b3 and niacin and minerals. including a high protein content, if you stick with organic and in moderation it is very beneficial!

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