Experts Claim High Intake Of Peanut Butter Can Lead To Deadly Side Effects

Kathleen Kinder
Kathleen Kinder

Updated · Feb 22, 2021

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Everyone loves a pinch of peanut butter to sneak some extra protein into the diet. It goes with tons of recipes such as dips, desserts as it is super easy to cook with. However, some of the health experts have said that there are some downsides as well if it is taken in high amounts. They have said that while a little peanut butter lightens up your taste buds and diet, eating too much of it can increase the levels of unnecessary sugar, sodium, and fat in the body. It will result in some unforeseen health issues. A handful of dieticians have said that commercial peanut butter has a ton of additives, which can lead to an increased risk of high blood pressure (hypertension) if taken together. A professional dietician, Shena Jaramillo has claimed that many commercially acclaimed brands of peanut butter contain added sugar, salts, and hydrogenated oils. These peanut kinds of butter can lead to high blood pressure if they are eaten in high amounts. The dietician has said that people who are dealing with diabetes need to be careful about the high sugar content in some of these commercial peanut butter brands.

Jaramillo has said that many no-stir peanut butter brands might contain a product called palm oil even if they are labeled as organic. Palm oil works like saturated fat in the body. It can result in added weight gain and hypertension over time. Experts have said that while buying jars of peanut butter, people should see that it should contain peanuts only. The author of the diet book Finally Full, Finally Slim, Dr. Lisa Young has said that peanut butter and other nut butters are healthy and useful if taken in moderation. These nut kinds of butter contain heart-healthy unsaturated fat, fiber, proteins, and vitamins. However, they majorly contain fat, which means, they have a considerable amount of calories in a small portion. Peanut butter contains around 100 calories per tablespoon. Therefore, consuming too much peanut butter can lead to redundant weight gain.

Health experts have said that even if people are able to avoid extra weight gain after eating too much peanut butter, they might not be able to prevent acid reflux disorder due to the high intake of peanut butter. They have claimed that consuming too much peanut butter can lead to the onset of generalized acid reflux disorder which is also known as GERD. As per the study, people with GERD can eat peanut butter but in moderation, as it is a high-fat food. Some of the dieticians have said that people should consider this food a treat rather than a part of their standard diet.

Many other studies have shown that with so much oil and fat packed into each serving of peanut butter, people can consume an excessive amount of fat loaded into peanut butter without any realization. It can result in a series of heart-related issues. Researchers have said that peanuts are legumes, which are known to cause bloating and weight gain. As per the findings of these studies, when foods that are high in saturated fat are eaten in excess amounts, it can lead to many negative health issues such as high cholesterol, diabetes, and heart diseases. In the new study, experts have said that consuming an excess amount of peanut butter can damage the cognitive function of the brain. Dr. Becky Campbell has said that peanut butter includes a mycotoxin specifically during the storage, which is called aflatoxin. As per the expert, mycotoxins can be dangerous for all systems of the body, particularly the neurological system.

A high quantity of this neurotoxin can lead to negative psychological implications such as chronic fatigue, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and depression. In severe cases, it can result in Parkinson’s disease and dementia as well. Eating excess amounts of peanut butter can cause indigestion, which can do major damage to the body. Consuming a high amount of peanut butter in a short time can make people feel constipated or suffer stomach aches. As per the report, fat takes a much longer time to digest and absorb. Peanut butter, which is high in fat content, can tax the digestive system when taken in high quantity.

Kathleen Kinder

Kathleen Kinder

With over four years of experience in the research industry, Kathleen is generally engrossed in market consulting projects, catering primarily to domains such as ICT, Health & Pharma, and packaging. She is highly proficient in managing both B2C and B2B projects, with an emphasis on consumer preference analysis, key executive interviews, etc. When Kathleen isn’t deconstructing market performance trajectories, she can be found hanging out with her pet cat ‘Sniffles’.