A few words on peanut butter for my body builder & other friends that seem to think it’s “healthy” & a “good” source of protein.
Most people that aren't allergic to it love the stuff and there have been many school yard battles over crunchy vs creamy.
Peanuts actually grow underground, where they tend to be colonized by a fungus called Aspergillus, a source of aflatoxins… which are toxic and carcinogenic.
Humans are actually fairly resistant to the short-term effects of aflatoxins, but what happens down the line (after years of peanut & peanut butter consumption) hasn't been researched or studied.
Peanuts also contain another natural substance called oxalates. When we eat peanuts or peanut butter, and the oxalates become too concentrated in the body’s fluids, they will crystallize and lead to health problems. Doctors often recommend that people with gallbladder issues or with untreated or existing kidney problems avoid peanuts.
Other than aflatoxin and oxalates, there's another issue to consider, pesticides.
Non-organic peanuts are also contaminated with pesticides. This is a concern because peanuts have a very light shell, which allows outside materials to leach into it. Conventional peanuts have a very high pesticide rate, as well as other chemical contaminants. Thanks Monsanto :/ And just ‘cause your peanuts or pb is organic doesn’t mean it’s safe from the other stuff I mentioned.
As for the protein, a serving size of peanut butter is 2 tablespoons which contains approximately 180-200, 16 grams of fat and 8 grams of protein. So whether it’s a good source of protein is subjective and dependent upon your wellness goals - if weight loss is one of those goals, then I’d say it is not a good source of protein.
And don’t even get me started on that fake as heck powdered peanut butter nonsense (insert eye roll here). They add sugar, salt, some have palm oil & what do you think the process is for breaking down peanut butter into a powder - bet it involves some unhealthy stuff, but you do you.