Is Peanut Butter Bad for You?

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Is peanut butter bad for you? The answer is yes and no. It depends on how much you consume, the variety of nut you’re eating, and what the rest of your diet looks like.

To put it simply, peanut butter can be harmful because peanuts are high in omega-6 fats, which causes inflammation. We do not consume enough omega-3 fats, which reduce inflammation. Secondly, peanuts are grown on the ground and can develop mold, which can be a factor in a lot of kid’s allergy developments today.

If you want to eat your peanut butter and still be healthy, here are some tips. When you’re buying peanuts, make sure you’re buying a certified organic brand, usually Valencia or Jungle peanuts, which are grown on bushes higher up from the ground, avoiding mold. Additionally, adding flax seed oil or fish oil supplements to your diet to increase your level of omega-3 fats is important. Consuming peanut butter can be part of a healthy diet if you’re consuming it with the right type of foods. Peanuts are one of the highest forms of plant-based proteins available today, as well. So, if you buy organic, jungle peanuts and you’re consuming a lot of omega-3 fats in your diet, then it can be healthy to consume peanut butter.

However, the biggest problem with peanut butter today is that 99% of peanut butters contain hydrogenated oils, are non-organic, and people are consuming too many omega-6 fats. For this reason, peanut butter is not good for you and can cause weight gain and inflammation.

If you want to learn more about inflammation, check out this article:

Omega 3 fat article:

Chia seed article:

*This content is strictly the opinion of Dr. Josh Axe, and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician. All viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither Dr. Axe nor the publisher of this content takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.


  1. charles Lineage on January 16, 2022 at 1:10 pm

    peanut butter is so popular in fitness journey to aid in building muscle but to me i suspect it triggers my foot arthritis 🥵🥵🥵 coz ive been avoiding beef, pork, liver, string beans so what else is causing my arthritis if not the peanut butter! arrrghj

  2. C W on January 16, 2022 at 1:11 pm

    Thank you thank you thank you for not being an extremist idiot without any informative information. Thank you for not joining the I’m against this or I’m against that group. You have credibility

  3. Ahmed Shirwa on January 16, 2022 at 1:11 pm

    What a coincidence….I happen to buy flex oil and was not sure how to incorporate w/other foods. I also happen to have dry peanut butter (PB). Thanks to ur suggestion, I now mix the flex oil w/my dry PB…..Brilliant!

  4. my bird vs your bird on January 16, 2022 at 1:12 pm

    I was today years old when I found out peanutbutter has bugs and mice hairs and droppings and the FDA allows it

  5. Diss Appear on January 16, 2022 at 1:14 pm

    I’ve been eating all natural peanut butter for years, no additives, no salt. Peanuts only. Now the company came out with an organic version as well. So now what am I supposed to think I’ve been eating all these years, pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides? World has gone crazy with all the gimmicks and/or bad for you food.

  6. Lehlo03 on January 16, 2022 at 1:14 pm

    did you invent axe body spray

  7. Mystery207 on January 16, 2022 at 1:15 pm

    You can’t ask a question ? And then not answer the question ? This is terrible advice!.!.!

  8. Regina on January 16, 2022 at 1:18 pm

    Eat organic peanut butter and take omega 3 to balance the omega 6

  9. Bryce Hoover on January 16, 2022 at 1:18 pm

    Peanut butterrrr!!!!!

  10. Souvik Mukherjee on January 16, 2022 at 1:21 pm

    Long live peanut butter 😂😂😂

  11. Bee Gee on January 16, 2022 at 1:22 pm

    Do peanut butter have lectins???

  12. chane vazquez on January 16, 2022 at 1:24 pm

    They still use pesticides in organic food and some of these natural pesticides are more poisonous to us. The organic food myth is just that a myth. Peanut butter is one of my favorites but im not scarfing down giant amounts. Too much of anything is bad that’s why I get so annoyed with videos like this that ignore the real issues and mislead us.

  13. jvtheclutch on January 16, 2022 at 1:26 pm

    Peanut butter is amazing especially when u get a spoon and put peanut butter on it

  14. cc on January 16, 2022 at 1:27 pm

    Wow! I love peanut butter🤦 ( please.) 😫

  15. Cristi Laye on January 16, 2022 at 1:28 pm

    Only Smuckers natural

  16. James Williams on January 16, 2022 at 1:32 pm

    What about the digestion of peanut butter

  17. Grant Chow on January 16, 2022 at 1:35 pm

    Depends what’s in it ?

  18. Moedotcom on January 16, 2022 at 1:35 pm

    The dislikes are from peanut butter lovers

  19. Ibrahim Shebel on January 16, 2022 at 1:37 pm

    I make my own peanut butter. MUCH BETTER than the store bought

  20. Whitni Kostboth on January 16, 2022 at 1:39 pm

    Can you please share where you get your information on valencia peanuts? Or maybe I misunderstood, do they still grow underground?

  21. H C on January 16, 2022 at 1:39 pm

    Thanks for being informative about Deez nuts…

  22. Hxu B on January 16, 2022 at 1:39 pm

    I started to have break outs and get pimples when I was having daily PBJ sandwiches to maximize protein intake. Cut it out of my diet and skin is back to normal.

  23. Coffeeman Insanity on January 16, 2022 at 1:43 pm

    Learned a ton

  24. A human dream A human dream on January 16, 2022 at 1:45 pm


  25. Zena on January 16, 2022 at 1:46 pm

    Peanut makes my back hurts so much and all my body inflamed

  26. TortieCat2 on January 16, 2022 at 1:46 pm

    I am still going to eat Jif peanut butter every morning.

  27. fahad hassan on January 16, 2022 at 1:47 pm

    Thank you doctor I am suffering from psoriasis and I was have a lot of problems regarding the use of peanut butter but you just solved it thank you

  28. Anya Leshchenko on January 16, 2022 at 1:48 pm

    I was eating quite a lot of peanut butter (organic, no sugar), and my acne got so bad. I have pimples even on my neck, never had this before. So I am planning to stop eating it

  29. Eddie Mautone on January 16, 2022 at 1:48 pm


  30. brenton wolfe on January 16, 2022 at 1:49 pm

    I love eating peanut butter

  31. Heather Rosé on January 16, 2022 at 1:50 pm

    Wow now I have to keep track of my omega 3 and omega 6 ration in addiction to trying to eat more greens and cook and grow. I feel like you have to be a scientist these days. Is this health info infinite??! I’m so overwhelmed.

  32. kevin washington on January 16, 2022 at 1:51 pm

    Can I eat peanut butter if I have candida?

  33. Tod Becraft on January 16, 2022 at 1:51 pm

    What are your thoughts on almond butter?

  34. Cago Chapo on January 16, 2022 at 1:52 pm

    Evil comment number . Had to fix it

  35. Teri Coulter on January 16, 2022 at 1:56 pm

    All peanuts grow below ground……..idiot!

  36. Anonymous Anonymous on January 16, 2022 at 1:56 pm

    If peanut are considered bad because whatever reason are, then how come that the law permits them to sold by the millions, in every store in AMERICA???

  37. SilverBullet93GT on January 16, 2022 at 1:56 pm

    1:06 yesss! the collar was adjusted!

  38. Eddie Mautone on January 16, 2022 at 1:57 pm

    I was eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches when I was a teenager at my cousin’s house that was what cousins were eating at lunch everyday was great have no issues with I’m 72 never bothered any of us

  39. TheBanj0 on January 16, 2022 at 1:58 pm

    I was so sad in the beginning, then he said that if you get organic peanuts it’s fine, and I make my own peanut butter and buy organic peanuts, and then he said if you consume omega-3s, you should worry about the omega-6s, and I add peanut butter to my healthy ice cream/smoothie bowl with chia seeds.

  40. Muhammad Waqas on January 16, 2022 at 1:59 pm

    it cause digestive problems….if you have GERD or stomach issues dont eat it.

  41. Martin West on January 16, 2022 at 1:59 pm

    It’s peanut butter jelly time …🎵

  42. Jose B Rivera on January 16, 2022 at 2:02 pm

    Anything that is, was alive is organic. You are using the term organic in the wrong way, to mean something else. You millennials were mal-educated.

  43. buck shot on January 16, 2022 at 2:02 pm

    Smuckers all natural – peanuts and salt.

  44. jj Walid jj on January 16, 2022 at 2:02 pm

    I ate penauts everyday since i was 14 yo now i am 17 and i feel completly healthy should i worry about it ?

  45. truth frees on January 16, 2022 at 2:02 pm

    Peanut oil adjuvent 65 is deadly.

  46. Michael strong on January 16, 2022 at 2:03 pm

    Natural peanut butter is good for you

  47. Yvette Dean on January 16, 2022 at 2:05 pm

    Organic plain peanut butter is healthy right? Like the 365 brand with only peanuts and sea salt as the ingredients? I’ve been eating it daily, I hope so 😬🤞🏼I get it from sprouts or Whole Foods.

  48. Samuel Liebermann on January 16, 2022 at 2:06 pm

    You lost me with the allergy explanation.
    Outside North America there’s no such allergy in kids.
    Kids in North America are not exposed to peanuts in young age, so their immune system is not trained for peanuts.
    Such problem does not exist in countries where there’s no recommendation to avoid peanuts at young age.
    Nothing to do with your "mould" nonsense.

  49. Alex Darsen on January 16, 2022 at 2:06 pm

    Oh, I don’t know. The squirrels in the yard still seem pretty thin after eating the peanuts I leave out for them.

  50. David Sanderson on January 16, 2022 at 2:08 pm

    "99.9% of peanut butter out there is junk"? So there’s 999 bad peanut butter brands for every 1?? I know he’s using a turn of phrase and the general message is worthwhile but that can’t be right, can it? Anyway…..for those in the UK who don’t have ‘Jungle Peanuts’ on the supermarket shelf, how about Biona Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter? "Milled from small batches of freshly roasted certified organic peanuts and a touch of sea salt." Nothing else)

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