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Why I Will Never Buy Peanut Butter Again

Why I Will Never Buy Peanut Butter Again

I love peanut butter.

Over the years, I have bought countless jars of it—whether smooth or chunky, it’s totally yummy. Besides, it is packed with powerful health benefits: protein, vitamins, antioxidants, good fats and much more.

But now that I know what I know, I am never going to buy peanut butter again. I am going to make my own.

Here is the first reason: store-bought peanut butter is likely to contain some small amount of rat hair. I’m not sure whether this is more comforting or disgusting, but the United States Food and Drug Administration regulates this, saying that peanut butter can have no more than an average of one rodent hair per 100 grams.

To be fair to peanut butter, a tiny amount of rodent hair is unlikely to cause health issues. And peanut butter is certainly not the only food that contains “allowed” contaminants. Pizza sauce has fly eggs, and insect parts get the green signal in potato chips. But more worryingly, dyes, rancid oils, harmful chemicals and hormones lurk in many of these everyday foods. While we cannot know or avoid every such ingredient, why not stay away from those that can easily be fixed at home?

Which brings me to the second reason I won’t go shopping for peanut butter again: it is almost ridiculously easy to make at home. Bonus: it is less expensive and tastes much better than any commercial brand.

Here is my recipe:

1 big handful of roasted peanuts
1 teaspoon peanut oil
Honey to taste
Kosher salt to taste

Put everything in the food processor, and blend coarsely or well.

Five quick minutes, and you get fresh, rat-hair-free peanut butter. A delicious thought, indeed.

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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3:59AM PDT on Aug 30, 2014


1:19PM PDT on Aug 28, 2014

Thank you

9:29AM PDT on Aug 27, 2014


9:27AM PDT on Aug 27, 2014

A certain amount of rodent hair and droppings is allowed in all factory made food.

I can't eat peanut butter, but I make it for my husband in our Vitamix. I can eat cashew butter though, and it's so easy and so incredibly delicious on a small piece of chocolate as a dessert. Yummmm
Last year for the holidays, instead of baking cookies, we made nut butters and gave them as gifts.

I don't buy factory foods, and we make everything ourselves from organic whole food ingredients.

10:08AM PDT on Aug 23, 2014

It is good to be careful, but enough is enough! Don`t leave the house and sanitize everything??? What about your natural immunity?

9:45AM PDT on Aug 23, 2014

Thank you :)

8:17AM PDT on Aug 15, 2014

I think if we knew what happened to, or what was in just about anything we eat nowadays, we would probably be disgusted. Good article on the peanut butter, then I would have to question what is in the bread and in the jelly that is disgusting.

5:29AM PDT on Aug 9, 2014

Thank you

8:08AM PDT on Aug 6, 2014

The writer should consider the fact that her "handful of peanuts" probably has rat hair on them.

8:30AM PDT on Jul 29, 2014

As gross as eating rat hair sounds, the real danger in peanut butter are the mycotoxins, which can damage your liver, cause cancer, damage your DNA, etc. Making your own, or even getting it made fresh at a health food store does not prevent exposure to these toxins. You can't tell by the color of the peanuts. If peanuts are dried quickly and thoroughly they are fine, but if they are stored while damp they do get moldy, though they look just fine. Spanish peanuts are said to be better. Almond butter is great too.

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