Did you know that 80% of North American households have peanut butter in them? That's a lot of people who love (or at least like) peanut butter. The hot topic at hand is whether or not peanut butter good or bad for you.
Like most nutrition and fitness questions, the answer is "well it depends." The good things about peanut butter: 1) Peanut butter is a decent source of thiamin, niacin, folate, and magnesium 2) Its fat content is 46.8% monounsaturated fat and 3) It is high in protein (for a nut).
Now the potentially bad. While its fat content is 46.8% monounsaturated fat, 33% of that is Omega 6 and 0% is Omega 3. Omega 3 is the good stuff that doctors and nutritionists are always telling us to get more of. So in terms of it being a nutritional source of good fat- it scores low.
It has aflatoxins. Afla what? Aflatoxins are naturally occurring fungal toxins, common in plants that grow underground. Aflatoxin, being a toxin, is metabolized by the liver and in high enough doses, has actually been shown to cause liver cancer. It is actually used to induce cancer in lab mice. Aflatoxins have been shown to stunt growth in children and foods with high levels are avoided by those with weakened immune systems (like cancer patients). **Interestingly levels of aflatoxins are reduced in the peanut butter making process.
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