November is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month! Who knew!
But then there’s also National Peanut Butter Day, which is January 24.
And this is different from National Peanut Month, which is celebrated in March.
And we can’t forget National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day – that’s April 2.
Creamy or crunchy, enjoy this protein packed nut or butter to keep your blood sugar balanced and tummy full.
1. You are allergic to it.
2. You have a thyroid problem (see more below)
3. Your body doesn’t digest peanuts well (which most people’s don’t)
Regarding THYROID HEALTH and PEANUTS:
Peanuts contain goitrogens — these are the naturally-occurring chemicals in foods that slow down the thyroid (i.e., soy, broccoli, millet, etc.).
The solution? Switch to other nuts butters, like almond, macadamia nut and cashew. Why not walnut butter? Walnuts also contain goitrogens.
Any goitrogen food can be eaten raw, but sparingly. Studies show that cooking of goitrogens typically removes most of the goitrogenic effect — i.e., cooked broccoli. Since peanut butter involves roasting peanuts, the likelihood that peanut butter has goitrogenic potential is quite small, but it’s something that would make a good topic for study.
Otherwise, get out your spoon! I mean, knife!