Peanuts are not nuts, as you might have thought, but in fact they are legumes, and belong to the family of beans. Unlike nuts, peanut grow underground and are very susceptible to toxins. They also have a soft shell that can be peeled off easy. One of the main toxins found in peanuts is aflotoxin, which is a mycotoxin. These toxins are carcinogenic and are often associated with liver cancer.
Another thing you need to remember is that if you buy and consume organic peanuts it does not mean that they do not have toxins. So, eating peanuts, in the long run does not seem like a very good idea.
Peanuts contain anti-nutrient lectins
It is a fact that most of the foods contain lectins, but certain foods, such as legumes and grains, have higher concentration of it. Lectins are anti- nutrients, which are sticky and are imposible to digest.
They strip away mucous from the small intestine which can cause many autoimmune diseases like:
- chronic fatigue syndrome
- arthritis and so on.
Legumes may also increase the inflammation in your gut.
Peanuts are strong allergens
Almost every second person on Earth is allergic to peanuts and this is due to the fact that peanuts are one of the most common food allergens for humans. They are filled with proteins that are not present in other foods and once the immune system identifies these proteins they are perceived as a threat to the organism. Then the organism starts producing antibodies to protect the body and this is how peanuts cause allergies.
Peanuts cause inflammation
You might not know this, but excessive intake of omega-6 fatty acids leads to inflammation and larger risk levels for developing cardiovascular disease. The ratio between omega-6 and omega-3 in the human body has to be 3 to 1. Peanuts are rich in omega-6 fats (30% of the fatty acids in peanut butter are omega-6 and linoleic acid) and overconsumption may lead to the disruption of this ratio.
With all the facts stated above, our recommendation is that you stop consuming peanuts or peanut butter, or try to lower the consumption to minimum. If you cannot do this, then choose organic products because they are free of pesticides. There are many other varieties and options that you can choose instead of peanut butter, like almond or other raw nut butters.