Surprising Side Effects of Peanut Butter

1. Acid reflux or heartburn.

Peanuts are higher in fat than some other nuts, which means they aggravate what's called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES)

a bundle of muscles that look like a flap at the end of your esophagus. Fatty foods can cause the LES to relax—but not in a good way. You need your LES to stay strong and mighty

2. Difficulty swallowing.

Aside from taking too big of a spoonful of peanut butter and having that feeling that you literally cannot swallow without a glass of water in hand,

there's another reason peanut butter could be making it hard for your esophagus to carry out this normal function. You could have a slight allergy to peanuts, and not know it,

which may be causing eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE). Yep, that's a mouthful. According to the Mayo Clinic, EoE is a chronic immune system disease that can cause inflammation in the esophageal tissue

3. Inflammation.

Peanuts have omega-6 fatty acids, which can have an inflammatory effect on the body if you have too much of them.

Though safe and even beneficial in moderate amounts, the issue with omega-6s is that most Americans consume more [of it] than omega-3s, which throws off a healthy ratio.

When the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 leans more toward 6, more inflammatory processes can occur in the body."

4. Improved heart health

because peanuts are rich in these unsaturated fatty acids, they are a much better substitution for foods that are loaded in saturated fat(think, processed foods and red meat)

Peanut oil is exceptionally rich in oleic acid, which is believed to help maintain good cholesterol levels (HDL) and blood pressure, both of which are key factors for optimal heart health.

5. Weight gain.

Peanut butter is caloric, so, you could gain weight if you eat too much of it—all the time. Remember, just two tablespoons of peanut butter clocks in at just under 200 calories.

Benefits of Peanut Butter