Trader Joe's Organic Peanut Butter is the only peanut butter I'll buy. And I eat it rarely and sparingly.
Peanut butter is on par with nuts in terms of lectin content. It actually has far less phytate than almonds with almost an identical lipid profile. An interesting comparison I made showing peanuts versus almonds:
So they're clearly somewhat nutritious as well.
The biggest issues I see with peanuts is alfatoxin and peanut agglutinin. I'm less concerned about alfatoxin - all nuts, particularly almonds, are susceptible to alfatoxin and since I'm buying a good quality organic peanut butter from a reputable source, I'm minimizing my chances. Peanut agglutinin is a trickier subject as it seems to be particularly atherosclerotic, meaning it is inflammatory to your arteries. The evidence is mixed, and mind you, there aren't enough studies done on actual nuts - for all we know almonds do something similar and they're a Primal darling. Mark writes about it here:
Is Peanut Butter Healthy? | Mark's Daily Apple
My take on the subject: they aren't Primal, they aren't the healthiest thing to eat, but they're not like wheat, soy or vegetable oils. There are positives to them, and if your idea of an off meal is a tablespoon of peanut butter, you're not doing bad IMO. If that's your biggest non-Primal indulgence, you're doing a damn good job. Keep it limited and infrequent and buy GOOD QUALITY stuff and you may ok if you don't have a peanut allergy.
"All natural" is meaningless. Most "all natural" peanut butter is loaded with added oils and sugar. Buy peanut butter with one ingredient: "Peanuts." And try and find organic to minimize alfatoxin.
Last edited by ChocoTaco369; 07-18-2012 at 12:37 PM.
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