Eating Peanut Butter Every Day: Alarming Side Effects to Your Body

Jan 24, 2021 06:14 AM EST | By Josh Summers (

Peanut butter is one of the spreads that may always be present in your pantry and available for consumption whether you enjoy it with bread or eat it alone.

However, since it is made from peanuts, not all people can want it good since it may cause side effects if someone ate it unknowingly and has an allergy.

Peanut butter can be paired with almost anything. Examples are chocolate, jelly, and even fruits like bananas over a pancake in the morning.

But just like every food, eating so much of it can pose a danger to people. Here are the ugly side effects of peanut butter that will come out when you eat so much of this sandwich spread.

Weight gain

When you are on a diet, eating so much peanut butter may not be a good idea. Live Strong shares that peanuts also contain high calories apart from their nutritional benefits.

They further that whether you are eating peanut butter out of a spoon or munching a bag of peanut can quickly generate 510 calories, which can add numbers when you step to your weighing scale.

They also note that peanuts are 12 percent higher in saturated fat, which can raise your body's total cholesterol, which can be harmful.

Allergic Reaction

In an interview with Eat This Not That, a nutrition expert shares that peanuts' production and the way it is grown make it susceptible to molds.

They add that because peanuts are grown underground make them very moist, forming mycotoxins, a type of mold that contributes to allergies and inflammatory reaction.

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Nest and Glow emphasize that these are also fungi that grow while peanuts grow, and a little bit of exposure to it does not affect humans.

However, they also mentioned a study that demonstrates diets high in aflatoxins are related to liver cancer and impaired child growth.

Meanwhile, they also stress that 90% of aflatoxins are destroyed when peanuts are roasted but, they still recommend practicing moderation in consuming the product.


In an interview with Eat This Not That, certified nutritionist Serena Poon notes that two tablespoons of peanut butter encompass 4,709 milligrams of omega-6 fatty acids and 26.6 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids, which disrupts the balance of the goal in keeping the ratio for these nutrients one is to one.

She emphasizes that a diet higher in omega-6 fatty acids can cause inflammation, oxidative stress, and clogged arteries, and we don't want that.

Sugar and Sodium Rush

Peanut butter is sweet, and that is what makes it addictive. Eat This Not That shares that overeating added sugar could lead to weight gain, inflammation, and many chronic diseases.

Live Strong also shares American Heart Association's words saying that peanuts also contain sodium, and you can even taste it in the peanut butter. They note that too much sodium can increase blood pressure, putting an extra burden on the heart.

Overeating peanut butter may cause these ugly side effects to manifest, and we don't want that. Control your consumption and resist the temptation of eating so much of this spread to better care of your overall health. Remember that moderation is always the key to a healthier life.

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