Is Peanut Butter Bad For You?

Some people can’t live without peanut butter.  It’s creamy or crunchy texture and the taste get a lot of people on board. It’s not really a nut, but it is a legume.  Fitness people love to call it healthy, but is it really? For some people, it’s deathly.  There are a percentage of people who are allergic and it can be severe.  

It’s macronutrients have 20 grams of carbohydrates, 25 grams of protein, and 50 grams of fat every 100g of peanut butter. The fat is about 50% monosaturated, 20% saturated fat, and 30% are omega-6 fatty acid linoleic acid.  That’s not too great.  Peanut butter contains lectin, which is a type of proteins that bind carbohydrates.  High doses of peanut oil can increase our cholesterol and thicken our arteries.  Omega-6 fatty acids promote inflammation and can increase our risk of cardiovascular disease. Not only that, peanut butter that we purchase in the grocery stores tend to have a lot of sugar added along with and other things.  

That 100g of peanut butter, is worth 588 calories.

Peanut butter has lots of vitamins and minerals, but is missing some essential amino acids.  Peanut butter contains Vitamin E, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, folate, magnesium, copper and manganese.  That’s great, but the calories being that high shows that more foods, like spinach,  have more vitamins and minerals per calorie than peanut butter.

Peanut butter contains aflatoxins.  Aflatoxins are toxic and carcinogenic and exposure to it has some serious effects.  It has been proven to stunt growth in children. The USDA does regulate this, so the peanut butter we have access shouldn’t be harmful. 

Peanut butter is just fine in small doses, but shouldn’t be binged.  Keep in mind the high amounts of fatty acids.  The normal American diet contains too high of omega-6 fatty acids, and not enough omega-3 fatty acids.  If you’re avoiding vegetable oils, sugar, high calorie content and trans fats, then peanut butter is not for you.