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?
- SlickterpLv 711 months ago
All of them. The allowed levels are so low you would have to eat a ton to have any negative effects.
- LouisLv 711 months ago
It is a real risk. but you take bigger risks when you drive in a car.
- UserLv 711 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.
- RobsteriarkLv 711 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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- Anonymous11 months ago
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- blackgrumpycatLv 711 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.