Secrets of the Superhuman Food Pyramid: Negative Effects of Regular Peanut Butter

Regular peanut butter is no doubt one of the most loved food pastes in the United States. It is used as a sandwich spread along with jelly to make the all-American PB and J sandwich. Regular peanut butter is a favorite ingredient in both homemade and commercially produced sweet treats as well. Regular peanut butter has been part of the American diet for as long as we can remember. But though this is the case, avoiding this food product is prudent if you want to achieve your wellness goals.

Read further and discover more about the negative effects of regular peanut butter and why the Superhuman Food Pyramid recommends you avoid this source of dietary fats.

Regular Peanut Butter’s Risks:

Regular peanut butter is one of the processed food products typically subjected to widespread product recalls due to Salmonella contamination. This pathogenic bacteria finds its way to agricultural produce like peanuts because of the chicken manure content of commercial fertilizers that are used during peanut planting season. Peanuts, compared to other crops, are particularly more susceptible to Salmonella contamination because it grows under the ground and the shells that cover them are permeable and therefore do not offer sufficient protection against pathogen contamination.

Regular peanut butter may contain aflatoxin, a type of mold produced by the Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus fungi as well. Fungi colonization and subsequent aflatoxin contamination in peanuts is quite common owing to the manner by which the crop is planted, harvested, stored, and processed.  Aflatoxin exposure can result in aflatoxicosis which has symptoms such as abdominal pain, vomiting, accumulation of fluids in the lungs, convulsions, coma, and death from accumulation of fluids in the brain.

Aflatoxin has shown to be a potent toxin as it causes sterility, birth defects, and cancer in animals as well. In humans, meanwhile, dietary aflatoxin exposure has been positively associated with liver cell cancer, thus prompting the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) to include aflatoxin in the list of human cancer-causing agents. It has been found to retard the development of growing children as well.

As you probably already know, the main ingredient peanut is not really a nut but is instead a legume. Legumes in general contain lectins, a class of proteins considered to be anti-nutrients and therefore may cause nutritional deficiencies. Lectins aren’t easily digested as well and ingestion by eating regular peanut butter may result in gastrointestinal maladies. Lectins have been found to have a pro-inflammatory effect in the body and may worsen rheumatoid arthritis as well.

Conventionally grown peanuts, regular peanut butter’s main ingredient, is one of the crops with some of the highest pesticide residues, too. To date, at least thirty eight different types of pesticides are used in peanut production. Pesticide exposure can cause a number of acute and chronic maladies such as prostate cancer, sterility, birth defects, impaired immunity, and neurobehavioral disorders, to name a few.

In the next post, I’ll tell you the negative effects of regular butter and why the Superhuman Food Pyramid recommends you avoid this source of dietary fats.

In the meantime, if you care to jump ahead, here is a complete listing of the dietary sources of fats on the Superhuman Food Pyramid:

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