I had a viewer send me this question, “If peanuts are allowed in moderation, why is homemade peanut butter using plain peanuts and olive oil not?”
I always recommend being cautious with peanuts because of the potential for an allergic reaction.
If you’ve got an issue with your immune system, especially if you’ve got a Candida, parasite, or bacterial problem, peanuts are contraindicated, meaning that you should leave them well alone. Needing to stay away from peanuts is particularly true if you have immune-related symptoms like skin rashes, sneezing, itchy eyes, hay fever, sinus problems, or asthma.
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Peanuts have a very high potential to be an allergen – in other words, to trigger an allergic reaction. Peanuts are not nuts; they are a legume. Aflatoxin is a type of mold found in peanuts and peanut butter. Aflatoxin can make you very sick.
Peanuts are not a great food to be eating if you’re trying to recovery from a gut or Candida problem. It’s possible that peanuts would be fine for some people, but the risk is always there that they are going to impact your immune system negatively. It doesn’t matter where they are grown or what oil you’re using; peanuts still contain allergenic proteins.
Put peanuts aside when you are doing a Candida cleanse. Once you’ve recovered, you might be able to reintroduce peanut butter back into your diet. You might want to consider doing an allergy test to see if you have an antibody response to peanut.