Peanuts, peanut butter, peanut oil.

by 56 · November 14, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Aside from the argument of lectin content and omega 3-6 ratios, why can I not consume peanuts or peanut butter when adopting the Paleo lifestyle? It seems to me their "naughtiness" is over-hyped.

Regarding peanut oil, is it actually made from peanuts (only) or are their added ingredients?


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725 · July 11, 2011 at 02:35 AM

What I do when I buy natural peanut (or almond butter) where the oil is on the top:

1) I pour the oil off.
2) Then I wipe off any excess oil from the sides and lid.
3) Then I add melted grass fed butter and stir.
4) Then I keep it in the fridge, so the peanut/almond butter gets super thick because the saturated fats harden in the fridge.

End result, less omega 6, more cla and all the other benefits of butter, better texture, tastes amazing. Don't knock it till you try it.

24012 · July 11, 2011 at 01:34 AM

Aside from the argument of lectin content and omega 3-6 ratios....??? Avoiding these two things are pretty much two of the most important basic cornerstones of the paleo diet. As others have pointed out aflatoxins in peanut butter are toxic and carcinogenic. Do you need a food to cause severe vomiting and diarrhea or what before you call a food suboptimal?

Having said that I think a spoonful here and there as a treat is fine if you really love it. Eating it every day would be fine too I suppose but then I think you need to look at whether or not you want to label your eating plan as paleo. I know we have lacto-paleo but I'm not sure the community would support a peanut-paleo version.

13680 · July 11, 2011 at 01:04 AM

I think you have answered your own question.

I view Legumes as an order of magnitude less harmful than (gluten) grains. Having said that, you have to decide if your approach to Paleo is

1) Is there proof this is really bad for me and absent such proof, can I continue to consume?

2) Is this essential from a nutritional point of view and are there no substitutes that are either less harmful and/or actually beneficial.

I think the divisions we see in this community regarding things like legumes, dairy, etc have to do with a bias to #1 vs #2.

Welcome to the community. Watch out for the genital-obsessed individuals trolling around here!

882 · July 11, 2011 at 02:51 AM

Peanut lectin goes into your bloodstream and wreaks havoc, while omega6 PUFAs grace you with additional oxidative stress. Great, keep it up with your 'orders of magnitude' and 'feeling your health'. Wait, isn't that how did we got the standard American diet in the first place? Awesome!

2198 · August 29, 2012 at 06:11 PM

Regarding aflatoxins:

A few years ago, Consumers Union looked into the question of aflatoxins in peanut butter and found that the amounts detectable varied from brand to brand. The lowest amounts were found in the big supermarket brands such as Peter Pan, Jif and Skippy. The highest levels were found in peanut butter ground fresh in health food stores.>


2851 · October 07, 2011 at 05:21 AM

This is purely anecdotal but peanut butter puffs me up like a balloon. From what I understand from my very limited research thus far, a lot of omega-6's = holy inflammation.

70 · October 07, 2011 at 04:20 AM
10 · July 11, 2011 at 03:08 AM

Rob wolf says that the ratio should be as close to 1:1 as possible. Too much 6 is no good.

4171 · July 11, 2011 at 01:33 AM

Peanuts contain 4,000 milligrams of omega-6 in each 28 gram, one ounce serving of peanuts. This is all I needed to hear to stop eating peanuts, peanut butter, or using peanut oil. That is a shit ton of omega 6.

3916 · July 11, 2011 at 01:16 AM

The way I look at it is the dose makes the poison. Am I eating enough peanuts to harm my health? I doubt it. The biggest poison by far for me has been processed flour and sugar and my health is improving by leaps and bounds since I cut those out. I don't think there would be that same huge increase in health if I cut out peanuts so I don't.

5744 · November 14, 2012 at 10:19 PM

If it doesn't irritate your digestion and you're getting plenty of Omega 3, I don't think Organic peanut butter with the pure peanut oil drained is that bad. A lot of the carbohydrate is fiber and from a quality source, I think there are far worse things.

With that said, you may notice other issues in digestion, skin irritation, etc...if this is the case, I'd avoid it. I'll throw down peanut butter every once in a while. It's a treat.

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