But even though they're widely loved, are they just as healthy as other nuts? We did some investigating and found a few potential side effects to look out for if you're a peanut lover. Read to learn more, and for more on how to eat healthy, don't miss 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now.
Peanuts may be delicious, but they can, unfortunately, be toxic as well. This is because they're often found with aflatoxin, a toxic fungus that is found most commonly in humid, subtropical, and tropical climates.
Peanuts contain a natural plant substance called phytic acid, which can also be found in other legumes, nuts, seeds, and types of oils. Phytic acid, unfortunately, acts as an anti-nutrient in your body, meaning that it can inhibit your body's absorption of nutrients like iron, zinc, calcium, manganese, and magnesium.
Even though peanuts contain higher levels of these same nutrients, the phytic acid can limit how much of them your body can actually benefit from.
Peanuts don't naturally contain a lot of salt, but you may want to watch the sodium levels if you tend to buy any type of packaged peanuts.
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