Bad News For Peanut Butter Lovers. It Might Cause Cancer.
Peanut butter is a healthy source of good fats and protein. It’s the staple of many children’s lunches and crackers would be lost without it. But, now it looks as though our beloved jars of peanutty goodness are ranked up there with hotdogs and teflon pans for their potential cancer-causing properties. Ugh.
Apparently, peanuts have a soft and porous shell that can allow fungus with aflatoxin to seep into the nut. The aflatoxin is a carcinogen. Although it’s not been documented to cause cancer here in the U.S., it has been shown to cause liver cancer in developing countries where peanuts are grown without strict soil quality regulations.
And bad news for organic peanut butter lovers like me. Since natural peanut butters are less processed and have a shorter shelf life, mold is more likely to thrive thus making them more susceptible to the presumed cancer-causing culprit aflatoxin. I think I can safely say that this is the first time a processed food has been labelled healthier than its natural counterpart.
But, don’t give up on peanut butter just yet. Experts recommend buying Jif, Skippy and Peter Pan brands, all of which are tested for aflatoxin, and putting the peanut butter in the fridge. But, really people, what doesn’t cause cancer these days?
Does this news concern you? Will you stop buying all natural or organic peanut butter now? Or do you think the unprocessed version is still the healthiest?