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Why men should not eat peanuts: Top 10 Reasons To Steer Clear Of Peanuts And Peanut Butter

Top 10 Reasons To Steer Clear Of Peanuts And Peanut Butter


Peanuts and Peanut Butter are high in aflatoxins. As stated by the FDA, aflatoxins are naturally occurring toxic byproducts of a fungal metabolism by the members of Aspergillus family. Even in moderate concentration aflatoxins can cause cirrhosis, hepatitis B, and may lead to the development of carcinoma of the liver.


Peanuts are highly allergenic. The allergy to peanuts is the fastest growing food allergy in the US. Allergic reaction to peanuts frequently results in anaphylaxis.


Phytic Acid, abundant in peanuts, binds to minerals and prevents absorption of iron, calcium, magnesium, and zinc in human body making peanuts nutritionally insignificant


Lectins, nature’s own pesticides, are also abundant in peanuts. Lectins are known to damage our gut barrier cells and cause intestinal permeability. Leaky gut promotes consistent low-grade inflammation and is the first stage in the development of autoimmune and chronic diseases like rheumatoid, lupus, IBS, Crohn’s, colitis, thyroiditis, etc.


Protease Inhibitors prevent our gut enzymes from breaking down proteins into amino acids, causing elevated levels of the enzyme trypsin, which, in turn, triggers loosening of the cell tight junctions and provokes inflammation.


Soft, absorbent shells makes peanuts defenseless to diseases and fungi, which requires frequent and excessive treatment with herbicides and fungicides like Glyphosate, which causes kidney disease, and BP leading to thyroid problems, cancers and DNA damage


Peanuts contain very high levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids ( PUFA, Omega 6). It has been well established in the medical community that a diet high in polyunsaturated fatty acids leads to coronary artery disease, chronic heart failure and other serious health problems.


Peanuts are brimming with these naturally occurring compounds. Oxalates cause the formation of the kidney stones, contribute to inflammatory bowel disease, fibromyalgia, and anemia.


Peanut oil is commonly expelled by dousing peanuts with Hexane, a petroleum-based solvent that may cause nervous system damage, respiratory pneumonitis, dizziness, etc.


Peanut butter is loaded with either sugar, or its common substitutes, like high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, and maltodextrin. Peanut butter contains heart-destroying hydrogenated vegetable oils. Peanut butter contains lots of sodium, food additives and flavorings.

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Medically reviewed by Amy Richter, RD, Nutrition — By Rachael Ajmera, MS, RD on August 26, 2021

Known for its salty, savory flavor, the peanut is a popular snack and versatile ingredient used to make peanut butter, baked goods, smoothies, sauces, and more.

It’s also incredibly nutritious, boasting a hearty dose of magnesium, folate, and vitamin E in every serving (1).

However, despite its impressive nutrient profile, many may wonder whether this salty staple can help or harm health, especially for people assigned male at birth (AMAB).

This article takes a closer look at the research to determine whether AMAB people should eat peanuts.

Peanuts are a great source of protein, packing more than 7 grams into each 1-ounce (28-gram) serving (1).

Protein is important for growth and development, as well as for wound healing, tissue repair, immune function, and more (2).,

It’s also crucial for increasing strength and supporting muscle growth, especially when paired with resistance training (3).

According to one study, taking a peanut powder supplement increased muscle mass and strength among older adults when combined with resistance training (4).

Another study including 65 men with overweight and obesity found that consuming peanuts as part of a low calorie diet increased fat burning and decreased body fat (5).


Peanuts are high in protein, which can increase muscle mass and improve body composition.

Heart disease is a serious issue that’s especially common among men (6, 7).

Diet plays a key role in heart health, and certain foods, including peanuts, have been shown to decrease several risk factors for heart disease (8).

Peanuts are rich in polyunsaturated fats like linoleic acid. Studies show that replacing carbohydrates or saturated fats in your diet with polyunsaturated fats may reduce your risk of developing heart disease (9).

One review found that eating peanuts and tree nuts at least twice per week was associated with a 13% lower risk of heart disease (10).

Other studies show that peanut consumption may increase levels of HDL (good) cholesterol, which may also benefit heart health (11).


Peanuts are high in polyunsaturated fats and may be linked to a lower risk of heart disease, which may be especially beneficial for men and others assigned male at birth.

Peanuts are loaded with arginine, an amino acid that’s converted into nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is a compound that helps dilate the blood vessels to improve blood flow and circulation (12, 13).

Studies show that arginine supplements may help treat mild to moderate erectile dysfunction (14, 15).

Other test-tube and animal studies have found that arginine could improve semen quality, enhance libido, and increase testosterone levels (16, 17, 18, 19).

Peanuts are also a good source of resveratrol, an antioxidant that has also been shown to support sexual health in men (12).

According to some human and animal studies, resveratrol may likewise improve sperm quality and erectile function (20, 21, 22, 23).

Still, because most studies focus on the individual compounds found in peanuts, more research is needed to determine whether peanuts affect sexual function specifically.


Peanuts are high in arginine and resveratrol, two compounds that may support several aspects of sexual function.

Peanuts are delicious, versatile, and jam-packed with a long list of important nutrients.

They may also offer several benefits specifically for AMAB people and could help promote muscle growth, support heart health, and enhance sexual function.

Therefore, all genders can enjoy peanuts as part of a healthy, well-rounded diet.

Just one thing

Try this today: Although peanuts are delicious all on their own, you can also try adding them to trail mix, cereal, or homemade granola bars. Alternatively, try pairing a scoop of peanut butter with your favorite fruit for a simple, heart-healthy snack.

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how peanuts affect the body

many consider it a nut, but the fruits of this plant are representatives
legume crops. Peanuts are native to South America. They brought him to Europe
Spanish conquerors, and then this product quickly gained popularity during
many countries. In the people, this culture is sometimes called “earthen
nut”, since peanuts have many of the same qualities as almonds
and pistachios.

CBJU peanuts

value (per 100 g of product):

– 551 Kcal

– 26.3 g

– 45.2 g

-9.9 g

has a high fat content (74%), it also contains almost 20% proteins. Thanks to
Therefore, peanuts are a very nutritious food. But there are no carbohydrates in it
a little (about 6%), and cholesterol is completely absent in it.

this product is rich in vitamins and minerals:

fats – 19.3 g

fat – 15.2 g

(fatty acids) – 15 g

B1 (thiamine) – 0.74 mg

B2 (riboflavin) – 0.11 mg

B4 (choline) – 52. 5 mg

B5 (pantothenic acid) – 1.77 mg

B6 (pyridoxine) – 0.35 mg

B9 (folic acid) – 240 mcg

C (ascorbic acid) – 5.3 mg

E (alpha tocopherol) – 10.1 mg

H (biotin) – 17.5 mcg

K (phylloquinone) – 2.5 mcg

PP (nicotinic acid) – 18.9 mg

– 658 mg

– 76 mg

– 182 mg

– 1.93 mg

– 1144 mcg

– 350 mg

– 7.2 mcg

– 5 mg

– 3.27 mg

high content of nutrients in its composition, peanuts have a beneficial effect
on the human body.

contained in peanuts, improve blood flow in the brain by 30%
percent, which significantly reduces the risk of stroke.

Peanuts are rich in phytosterols, which block the absorption of cholesterol from
diet, due to which the use of this product reduces the risk
occurrence of gallstones. In addition, phytosterols reduce growth
various types of cancer such as lung, stomach, ovarian, prostate,
colon and breast.

due to its chemical composition, peanuts have a beneficial effect on the functioning of the heart
and vessels. People who use this product 5 times a week are less likely to
diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

the acid contained in peanuts promotes cell renewal. A big
the amount of antioxidants that make up this culture protects cells
body from harmful free radicals.

The composition of peanuts includes another very important for the body and useful
amino acid arginine. It participates in the formation of nitric oxide, which
dilates blood vessels and consequently lowers blood pressure. way peanut
is one of the best products in the treatment diet for hypertension.

it is important to understand how much peanuts you can eat per day so as not to harm your

recommend that an adult consume no more than 25-30 grams of peanuts per day
(15-20 nuts). This product can be eaten not only in its pure form, but also
add to desserts, salads and other dishes.

up to 12 years, it is recommended to eat no more than 20 grams per day (up to 10 nuts).
Exceeding the dosage can provoke the accumulation of the allergen and the development

for eating peanuts

This plant, when used, can bring not only benefits, but also harm.
Peanuts are among the eight most common food allergens. Approximately
1 percent of the entire population of our planet suffers from intolerance to this
product. Caused allergic reactions can occur with serious
complications up to death.

should not be used by people with high blood clotting. Peanut
makes the blood thick, thereby increasing the risk of thrombosis or

walnut is undesirable for those who suffer from diseases of the gastrointestinal tract,
as well as arthritis, arthrosis and other joint diseases. In addition, peanut
contraindicated in people with diagnoses: varicose veins, aneurysm, varicose veins.

contains phytic acid, which can impair the absorption of beneficial
trace elements: phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc. In order to
reduce the amount of phytin in peanuts, you must first soak the nuts
overnight, and after frying, be sure to remove the peel from them.

limit the use of peanuts to people suffering from puffiness. Peanut
contains a lot of fat in its composition and can worsen the problem.

should not be offered to children under three years of age. When used, they even have very
high-quality nuts are highly likely to develop allergies. In addition, due to
imperfections of the enzyme system in young children can happen
indigestion, accompanied by general intoxication of the body.

lots of peanuts can be contaminated with aflatoxin, a dangerous toxic
the substance that mold produces. Severe aflatoxin poisoning
leads to liver failure. The occurrence of mold on fruit
occur during improper storage (for example, if peanuts are stored for a long time
stored in a warehouse in polyethylene or at high humidity).

Benefits of peanuts
for women

some properties are inherent, especially useful for the female body.

and phosphorus, which are part of the peanut, help strengthen teeth,
hair and nails.

antioxidants found in peanuts (selenium, vitamin E, zinc,
ascorbic acid, some amino acids, magnesium), significantly reduced
the risk of developing breast cancer. In addition, women regularly
peanut eaters are rarely victims of benign

In addition, the fats that make up peanuts help stabilize the hormonal
woman background. Also, vitamin E and phytoestrogens contained in peanuts,
improve the functioning of the reproductive organs and sex glands.

peanuts also contain the amino acid tryptophan, from which
serotonin (or in other words, the “hormone of joy”). Based on this,
women who include peanuts in their diet are less prone to stress and

note that peanuts are an excellent product for maintaining female harmony.
It helps to speed up metabolism, as well as cleanse the body of toxins and

Benefits of peanuts
for men

A lot
useful properties contains peanuts, which are especially important for male

First of all, the use of peanuts has a positive effect on potency. Availability
zinc and vitamins, which are part of the peanut, improve the work
prostate gland, which contributes to the production of sex hormones.

due to
its high calorie content, peanuts are very useful for athletes and for men,
subjected to frequent physical activity. And part of the peanut
amino acid – methionine – helps to strengthen and gain muscle mass.

important B vitamins (thiamin, biotin and riboflavin) in this legume
reduces the likelihood of hair loss, which is more common among representatives
strong sex.

Benefits and harms
peanuts for kids

that peanuts contain many useful vitamins and minerals, peanuts
recommend introducing into the children’s diet from the age of 3 (at an earlier age,
the likelihood of developing an allergy).

contains amino acids – very important substances necessary for
full development of the child (amino acids are involved in the formation of proteins,
necessary for body growth and weight gain).

E, contained in the peanut, regulates the energy metabolism in the muscles, and
also promotes the absorption of nutrients.

This culture contains many useful minerals (iron, calcium, copper,
zinc, phosphorus), which are especially important for a full-fledged growing organism.

Can I have peanuts
losing weight?

due to its high calorie and fat content, peanuts do not belong to
foods that cause obesity. Moreover, its use in moderate
quantities will prevent the accumulation of extra pounds. Peanut improves
metabolism. If you eat it every day for 4-5 months, then you can speed up
metabolism by 10 percent.

peanuts are rich in proteins, thanks to which its use quickly eliminates
feelings of hunger and allows you to moderate your appetite. Also insoluble dietary fiber
as a part of a peanut promotes gradual natural weight loss.

How to choose

available in shops and markets all year round. It is sold in shell
raw or fried, peeled and unpeeled, as well as with various
flavoring additives (salt, caramel, spices).Before purchasing
it is very important to make sure the quality of the product.

If you plan to store peanuts for a long time, it is recommended to buy them in
shell (the product in this case will be reliably protected from bacteria and

When buying in-shell peanuts, try shaking the nut. The loud sound emitted
when shaking, it means that the fruit inside is old and overdried. good quality
peanuts will make a duller sound.

you get peanuts without shell, pay attention to the appearance of nuts.
Don’t choose peanuts that have dark spots. Fruit discoloration may be
a sign of improper storage of the product, as a result of which it could
mold will form. Also, there should be no cracks on the shell or the nuts themselves.
or signs of insect damage, and peanuts should not have any
foreign odors.

When buying peanuts by weight, it is important to pay attention to the quality of the bulk.
Take a closer look at the peanuts for excess quarrel and dust.

you buy peanuts in a closed package, it is better to give preference to the one
through which the product itself is visible. There should be no signs of condensation inside, and
also dust and excess husks.

from one bag or package should be similar in color, size
and form. If the fruits look different, it means that the seller has mixed
different fruits.

it is best to give unflavored peanuts, because. not allowed at the time of purchase.
be sure of the quality of the composition. The best solution is to make the desired
supplement on your own at home.

How to
store peanuts?

long-term storage, you should carefully sort out the peanuts and remove the spoiled

peanuts should be in an airtight container, preferably glass or ceramic. Not
it is recommended to store the culture in plastic containers or polyethylene
packages. This may result in an unpleasant taste or odor as
the product can absorb the chemical component of polystyrene.

shelf life of peanuts in shell – 1 year, peeled – six months. For a long
storage nuts can be placed in the refrigerator or freezer.

understand that roasted, crushed, or flavored peanuts
not subject to long-term storage.

Fried or
raw peanuts?

can be consumed raw, but after heat treatment, its taste
improves significantly. In addition, in its raw form, it is not a source
useful substances for the body. Roasting this product activates
antioxidants and eliminates aflatoxin. It is important to remember that peanuts need to be peeled
from the skin, as it contains the most antinutrients that interfere
our body to absorb nutrients.

How to use
this product?

delicious. In addition, it is useful and satisfying. It can be eaten as
“snack”, but besides this, they like to add nuts to various dishes.

One of the most popular peanut treats is peanut butter. getting ready
it is quite simple (fried nuts need to be chopped in a blender with
adding sugar or salt as desired). Pasta can be spread on bread or
toasts. A special taste of such a healthy breakfast can be given by adding cheese or
Chees Feta. To create a “sweet” pasta sandwich, you can also
add raisins, nuts, fruits.

to its taste, peanuts go well with sweet dishes (sorbets,
sweets, goats). The most popular use of peanuts is to add
it in pastries (cookies, muffins, pies, cakes). It is also included in
numerous creams and sauces. For many desserts, this product is often
used as garnish.

How to fry
peanuts alone?

when buying, do not doubt the quality of the processing of peanuts, it is best
fry them yourself. When choosing this product, preference is best
give in-shell peanuts. There are several ways to roast peanuts:
oven, skillet, microwave.

before proceeding with the heat treatment of peanuts, you need it for this
prepare. The first step is to select whole and half kernels without rot.
Then you should peel the peanut. To do this, before roasting peanuts
must be placed in hot water for 10 minutes, and then dried on a towel.
Next, each fruit must be gently rubbed between the palms until
moment, until all the husks peel off from it.

in order to fry this tasty and healthy product in the oven, you first need to
heat up to 160-170 degrees. The baking sheet must be lined with foil or
parchment, then spread the kernels in an even layer (so that they do not lie on top of each other
friend). Roast the peanuts for about 10 minutes, then you need to slightly open
oven, stir it, and then fry for another 5-7 minutes. So
in the same way, you can cook unpeeled peanuts, but in this case
this process will take 2 times longer (15-20 minutes).

frying shelled peanuts in a pan takes about 20 minutes. With such
When cooking, it is best to use a non-stick frying pan.
You can fry with or without oil. The second option is better
just pour peanuts that have not been dried after washing into the pan. For frying
peanuts without oil is best suited pan with a thick bottom and
thick walls. The degree of readiness of peanuts can be determined by their color or
to taste.

If you want to roast raw peanuts, it’s best to do this in two steps:
first in the oven and then in the pan. It is better to soak the fruits in the shell in
cold water for about 30 minutes. Next, the peanuts need to be dried on a napkin, and then
Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or
foil. The oven must be heated to a temperature of 185-190 degrees. Fry
peanuts in it need 10 minutes. Then the fruits should be transferred to the pan and
fry them for about 25-30 minutes over medium heat, stirring constantly.

Without the shell, you can fry in the microwave. For this you will need
special glassware with a thick bottom. Kernels should be thoroughly washed, but
do not dry. Wet peanuts should be placed in a container and cooked in
microwave for 5-10 minutes at maximum power. At the same time, it should
every 1-1.5 minutes, take it out and mix with a spatula. Readiness of nuts
can only be determined by taste. If peanuts seem raw, hold
it in the microwave for another minute and then try again – and so on until complete

groundnuts can also be cooked in the microwave, but this will require
more time. Preliminary preparation before frying should be carried out such
the same as with shelled nuts (rinse, but do not dry). Peanuts need
distribute in a glass container and cook in the microwave on medium
power 3 minutes. Next, you need to get it, mix thoroughly and again
cook on medium power for another 3 minutes – and repeat 6-7 times. Define
proper roasting of peanuts can taste – the fruits should not be bitter.

During roasting, peanuts can be given a salty or sweet taste. Do it
simple enough. For example, 2-3 minutes before the end of the readiness of their nuts
salt (finely ground salt should be used). Or during
cooking, you can pour nuts with saline in the proportion: for 1 tablespoon
spoon of water – 1 teaspoon of salt. In addition, you can make peanuts sweet,
adding at the end of frying a solution of water and sugar in the same proportion. Under influence
fire, the liquid will evaporate, and the peanuts will acquire the necessary taste.

Interesting facts
about peanuts

1. Peanuts
is not a nut, it belongs to the legume family. Walnut is a culture
which grows on a tree or shrub, has a hard shell and
ripening falls to the ground. The peanut looks like a nut, but
as it matures, its shoots sink into the soil. Ripe peanuts are dug out of

The word “peanut” in Greek means
“spider”. This name was given to the product because of its shell, drawing
which resembles a web.

Worldwide, about 30 million tons of peanuts are harvested annually. The largest
peanut producers are the USA, China and India. In America, peanut
pasta is one of my favorite treats. Every year in this country more than
300 thousand tons of pasta. According to statistics, about 80 percent of the grown peanuts go
for its production.

Growing peanuts is a non-waste production. Delicious and healthy fruits
legume families are eaten, its shell is used as
agricultural fertilizers or building materials. In addition, the pulp
remaining after squeezing peanut butter is added to livestock feed.

Heat treatment of peanuts is beneficial, not harmful. Many foods after frying
lose their useful properties. In addition, most often for this process
oil is used – which is not the “healthiest” way
cooking. Peanuts are completely different. Firstly,
to thermally process a peanut, you only need a clean and dry
a frying pan or a baking sheet, because its very composition contains oil. Secondly,
it is after frying that peanuts acquire many useful properties that cannot be
obtained from raw culture.

benefits and harms for the body of men, women and children

The history of peanuts

South America is considered the birthplace of peanuts. Confirmation of this is a vase found in Peru, which was created at a time when America was not yet conquered by Columbus. The vase is reminiscent of peanuts, and it is also decorated with images of this crop.

Spaniards brought peanuts to Europe. They ate it during long sea voyages. In Africa, peanuts were used to fertilize the land, because it enriches poor soil with nitrogen. The ancient Chinese used peanuts to fight the year.

In the 17th century, botanists proved that “nuts” can be fed to pigs, so peanuts are often called “ground peas”. For a long time, this culture was considered food for the poor.

In the early 20th century, Americans invented over a hundred peanut-infused products and products, ranging from beverages and meals to cosmetics, medicines, and printing ink. All discoveries belong to one farmer – agricultural chemist George Washington Carver.

Composition and calories of peanuts

Calories per 100 g 567 kcal
Proteins 26 g
Fats 90 267

Carbs 16g

Peanut Benefits

In Peanuts contains a whole set of vitamins – A, group B, D, E, PP. It is rich in unique amino acids and vegetable fats. For example, polyunsaturated lionic and folic acids, biotin and other organic substances. Peanuts do not contain cholesterol.

Peanuts normalize blood sugar levels. For people with diabetes, these nuts are useful in small amounts. Peanuts contain magnesium, which has a positive effect on the heart, blood pressure and metabolism.

Walnut strengthens the immune system, fights weakness and stress (depressed mood), infections and viruses. Vitamin B3 (niacin) is responsible for the normal functioning of the brain, improves memory, helps to concentrate and not lose focus.

Harm of peanuts

Raw (unroasted) peanuts can interfere with the esophagus. Also, we must not forget that this product may be an individual intolerance. Peanuts are also not recommended for people suffering from gout, arthrosis, arthritis and other joint diseases.

Medicinal uses of peanuts

Peanuts improve digestion, remove toxins and harmful substances from the body. For women, peanuts are useful for restoring hormonal balance. During pregnancy, it reduces the risk of congenital pathologies.

– Peanuts are useful because they contain choline, which is necessary for the body to build all cells. There is also vitamin E, which is a natural antioxidant. It affects the cardiovascular system. It is a beauty vitamin. Peanuts are very useful in the heat, as they protect cells from hypoxia. There is also vitamin PP, which improves metabolic processes in the body. Peanuts are rich in B vitamins, selenium (good for the heart), phosphorus (improves intellectual activity), potassium, silicon. The only thing is that peanuts are a high-calorie product. Therefore, it is not recommended for people who are struggling with being overweight, – said nutritionist Elena Solomatina, candidate of medical sciences.

Cooking uses of peanuts

Roasted peanuts taste sweet and spicy. The raw nut is more piquant, reminiscent of the taste of beans. Peanuts are roasted, salted, sugared, used raw. Oils, sweets, confectionery are made from it. Add to salads, sauces, vegetable dishes.

Peanut Candies

Vegan version of a healthy dessert. Sweets with dates, figs and peanuts are natural and incredibly tender. Cooking time – 15 minutes

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9026 Fig Rinse and dates in water and soak for an hour (if necessary). Grind peanuts in a blender. In the mass, add dates and figs, bring to a homogeneous mass. Form small candies. Roll in coconut if desired.

Chicken with peanuts

Ideal for a second course. Chicken breast in peanuts is combined with almost any side dish – rice, potatoes, buckwheat and pasta. Cooking time – 1 hour

Photo: Markus Tourunen, unsplash.com

Figs 100g
Dates 100g

90 324 75 g

Chicken breast 200 g
Shelled unsalted peanuts
Black peppercorns 1 teaspoon
Red chili pepper 2 pcs.
Sugar 2 tsp
Soy sauce 2 tbsp. spoons
Vinegar 2 tsp
Cognac 1 tsp
Starch 2 tbsp. spoons
Onion 1 head
Garlic 10 g
Ginger 9026 7

10 g
Vegetable oil 1 cup

Chicken cut into small pieces, pour soy sauce mixed with starch. Roast the peanuts separately. Heat the oil in a deep frying pan, fry the red pepper first, then lower the chicken. Pour in a mixture of soy sauce, chopped onion, garlic, ginger, cognac. At the end of cooking, add roasted peanuts.

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