What Happens When You Eat Too Much Peanut Butter – Dr Mandell

Peanut butter is chock full of nutrients and antioxidants that can help boost heart health, including niacin, magnesium, vitamin E, and healthy unsaturated fats. It’s also low in carbs.
One study revealed that people with cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease had a lowered risk of mortality with increased peanut butter intake, due to the powerful antioxidants found in nuts. Peanuts are a rich source of the micronutrient polyphenols, which may be the reason for their heart-healthy nature.”Peanut butter is high in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, and consumption of these may improve insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism,” says Maya Feller, MS, RD, CDN.In a 2018 randomized control trial that examined eating nuts and inflammatory markers in people with type 2 diabetes, it was found that nut consumption—and specifically consumption of peanut butter—resulted in improved fasting glucose as well as after-meal blood sugars. (And FYI, this is How Every State Eats Peanut Butter.)The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tests foods like peanuts and peanut butter for aflatoxins; there have been no reported illnesses in the United States, but there have been outbreaks in developing and tropical countries.
While there is only a small chance of ingesting aflatoxins, here’s how you can be surely safe: “Buy reputable peanut butter grown closer to [the U.S.], since studies found that American grown peanuts were under the safe limit for aflatoxins,” says Cardwell. (Related: The Nutrition Low-Down on Peanut Butter.)