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Secret Side Effects of Eating Peanuts, Says Science | Eat This Not That - Eat This, Not That

Last updated Sunday, October 10, 2021 06:50 ET , Source: NewsService

Peanuts are a quick, easy, and delicious snack to grab on the go or munch on during the workday. And the world seems to agree because it is the most popular nut across the globe!

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.

Aflatoxin can be very harmful to human health and can even lead to some long-term issues like suppression of your immune system, kidney disease, and liver cancer.

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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