GeniusEgo asked in HealthDiet & Fitness · 11 months ago

aflatoxin in peanut butter?

I read that peanut butter shouldn't be eaten every day because of aflatoxoin. How many days a week is safe?

6 Answers

  • 11 months ago

    All of them. The allowed levels are so low you would have to eat a ton to have any negative effects.

  • Louis
    Lv 7
    11 months ago

    It is a real risk. but you take bigger risks when you drive in a car.

  • User
    Lv 7
    11 months ago

    Every day IF the peanut butter is produced by a large (and therefore strictly-regulated) producer.

    Since the big aflatoxin scare (about 30 years ago, if I recall)

    the U.S. government has mandated stricter testing

    and major peanut butter producers in the U.S. have done so (in an attempt to reassure consumers that their product is completely safe).

    You won't find significant amounts of aflatoxin in any major U.S. peanut butter brand.

  • 11 months ago

    You don’t have to worry about it at all.

    It’s not even present in all peanut butters, and it can be present in a far wider range of foods than just peanuts.

    Your chances of contracting cancer from aflatoxin consumption is immeasurably low in any developed country, and immensely lower than many other everyday things you’re in daily contact with without giving them a second thought, such as sunlight and natural radon gas emissions from the ground below you.

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  • Anonymous
    11 months ago

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  • 11 months ago

    According to this article, aflatoxin can cause cancer in long low levels over time, so eating several times a week falls into that category.

    All is not lost though. It also says

    Valencia peanuts are grown in New Mexico, where aflatoxin isn’t an issue because of the very dry climate. So purchasing a peanut butter organic made from that crop would be your best bet.

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