Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but peanuts / peanut butter aren’t that great for you.
Nut butters in general are a calorically-dense convenience food.
For all of us who tried a Paleo diet at some point, we know allllll too well that nut butter is a gateway food to potentially blacking out and accidentally eating the entire jar.
But hey – this definitely isn’t a post bashing nut butters, just a post to help you make better informed decisions!
So let’s dish the dirty about peanut butter: Did you know peanuts are actually not a nut, but a legume?
Peanut butter contains phytic acid – it’s considered an “antinutrient” because it binds to nutrients & minerals in the GI tract and prevents absorption.
Phytic acid is also notorious for causing gas, bloating, and GI distress after consumption.
Peanut butter also contains lectins – which damage our intestinal walls & can contribute to leaky gut, digestion issues, and inflammation.
Peanuts are also a super moldy nut. Aflatoxins are a fungal toxin that tend to colonize on peanuts, since they grow in soil underground.
Buying organic or all-natural doesn’t make a huge difference – aflatoxins & similar fungi exist naturally in soil & are really hard to eradicate.
Peanut butter is also relatively high in Omega-6 fats, meaning it’s inflammatory (better to fill dietary fats with things like avocados or olive oil).
Most brands of peanut butter are also super processed and full of sugar, high fructose corn syrup, & hydrogenated vegetable oils.
Brands marketed as “low-fat” tend to be even worse. Due to the mold issue mentioned earlier, we’re not usually quick to suggest powdered peanut butter products to clients either.
Peanut butter also tends to have a sneaky amount of carbs per serving as well, since it’s a legume and not a nut.
Are you going to die if you eat peanuts or peanut butter? Certainly not. But as always, nutrition is the journey of “do better when ya know better.”
We suggest swerving for something like sunbutter or almond butter!
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