Peanut butter is a popular product in American cuisine, which has gained many fans around the world for the last years. Many people loved this creamy spread and would not be able to resign from it easily. Peanut butter is very often promoted in the sports people's diets, as well as in reduction diets as a healthy product. Is it really worth eating butter made from peanuts?
Peanuts are also known as groundnuts. They are called this way, because they grow under the ground, unlike other nuts, which grow on trees. Botanically, peanuts belong to the same group of plants as pea, bean and soya, which are legumes. That's the reason why peanuts have the largest amount of protein from all the nuts – 25g/100g. However, when it comes to taste and the amount of fat, they remind nuts.
Just like other legumes, peanuts contain lectins. Raw lectins are very difficult to digest. In case of beans, they are neutralized during cooking. Lectins from peanuts go to the intestines almost untouched. They can reach blood in the undigested form, what may cause inappropriate autoimmune reaction.
Peanuts induce strong allergic reactions among many people.
Aflatoxins found in peanuts influence adversely the bacterial flora of intestines.
Peanuts also have the overbalance of omega 6 fatty acids. In our diet omega 3 fatty acids are more wanted, because we usually don't eat enough of them, opposite to omega 6 fatty acids.
Venal peanut butter usually contains hydrogenated fatty acids and sugar.
Does it mean we should definitely resign from eating peanut butter? No, it doesn't. Remember, that there are also tasty alternatives!
We can prepare nut butter from almonds, cashew nuts, Brazilian nuts or desiccated coconut.
For example, almonds contain over 20% of proteins. They are a rich source of magnesium, which protects from stress (270mg/100g, which is 80% of daily demand for this element) and phosphorus. It's also good to eat them because of the highest, among other nuts, content of vitamin B2 and E – indispensable for proper functioning of skin and delaying ageing processes.
It's worth to pay attention to the ingredient list of the butter we buy. It would be best if it was 100% of nuts. It's a good idea to make the creamy spread yourself. You just need proper nuts, a good blender and some patience to do that.
To sum up, peanuts are not nuts, but legumes. Groundnuts cause allergic reactions among many people. It is a good idea to replace the traditional peanut butter with the one made from almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, Brazilian nuts, or desiccated coconut. All kinds of nut butter should be eaten in moderate amount.