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    Peanut butter?

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    Hi. I've tried a few searches but I must not be entering the right key words. I'm trying to research peanut butter and what the problem with it is from a primal perspective. I'm a somewhat new primal eater but I do consume dairy. I've noticed a great change since cutting out grains, but I've kept Natural PB in my diet. It doesn't seem to bother me, I like it, and its an easy way to get fat and protein. I'm looking for reasons why PB should be avoided. Thank you.

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    Here is something that I read about it...

    Peanuts Are Not Paleo | Paleo Plan

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    Note the mold counts (poison) are even higher in natural peanut butter

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    Lots of allergenic protein, fungal toxin, and omega-6 are the biggies I think.

    Like all unrefined foods, if you're happy with how you look and feel then don't sweat it. If you aren't happy then peanuts are a likely candidate for what to minimize next.
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    One of the highest sources of omega 6 unsaturated fat. And yea the mold thing is a bit unappealing.

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    try pure cashew butter as a healthy alternative. roasted pb and cb have some similarities in taste, but especially in texture.

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    I made a roasted pumpkinseed butter that tasted very much like peanut butter. Looked like woodchuck poop though.

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    For purists, it's not a nut, it's a legume and not allowed. For the health-conscious, the toxins and omega-6 counts are terrible. For those with a binge eating problem, it's a highly calorie dense food that's designed to be salty-sweet-fat and utterly easy to overeat and hard to stop.

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    Peanut butter is inflammatory for me. It makes my arthritis flare.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Damiana View Post
    For purists, it's not a nut, it's a legume and not allowed. For the health-conscious, the toxins and omega-6 counts are terrible. For those with a binge eating problem, it's a highly calorie dense food that's designed to be salty-sweet-fat and utterly easy to overeat and hard to stop.

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    Just thought about this...

    Pretty sure he does recommend nuts like almonds. Most paleos/primals don't seem to have much reservation about them.

    Omega 6 Content of Common Foods – 180 Degree Health

    Almonds have only a slightly lower amount of omega 6. Pecans and pistacho's have about the same. I wonder if peanut butter is unjustly villified, or it is just some kind of fad. Or maybe we should start avoiding almonds and other high omega 6 nuts as well. Which pretty much rules out all nuts except for a few. But you never really hear anyone about that.

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