Death to the peanut! All hail the peanut! Um, you decide

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Death to the peanut! All hail the peanut! Um, you decide

Do some really thorough reading before throwing out that delicious jar of potentially lethal peanut butter

Andrea Burgener

Such is the fear of peanut allergies among new parents (only with the first infant, mind you), that the story of the mom or dad who packs both peanut butter and baby into car, and feeds said baby their first blob of the potentially lethal stuff only once parked outside a hospital casualty unit, is not unusual.

Is it the dumbest idea, though? A true peanut allergy, just like real gluten intolerance, is no bloody joke. No doubt, it’s these life-threatening allergies that have turned the legumes into all-round baddies in some quarters. Even without an allergy, some say, they’re terrible for you. But only according to every second source.

The other “wellness experts” simply couldn’t love these little legumes more. The peanut wars throw a fantastic light on how useless and polarised most nutritional information is that comes our way. Whether peanuts are very good, very bad or somewhere in the middle (far less popular) depends not so much on what’s in peanuts, but, like everything else, on your googling angle. ..

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