Most people never ask the question, “Can dogs eat peanut butter?” If you know the answer, you know more than most pet owners …
…because most people don’t know that one of the top-selling dog treats of all time is really bad for dogs.
Like really bad.
Yet pet store shelves are stacked with peanut butter flavored products. And if you think that the occasional Kong stuffed with organic, sugar-free peanut butter is safer …
… the answer I’ll share soon will surprise you.
If you’ve been feeding your dog peanut butter as a treat and you’ve never wondered, can dogs eat peanut butter?
You might not like to hear what I’m about to say.
But I think when I’m done, you might want to move peanut butter to the naughty – and downright dangerous – snack food list.
So here’s why peanut butter is toxic to your dog …
1. Most Peanut Butter Contains Aflatoxins (Which Cause Cancer)
Don’t know what aflatoxins are? These are naturally-occurring mycotoxins that are produced by a fungus called Aspergillus.
And peanuts have them in spades.
Mycotoxins are one of the most carcinogenic (cancer-causing) substances on the planet … and they’ve also been shown to be toxic to the liver.
Aflatoxin is known to cause liver cancer in laboratory animals and is a risk for your dog too. And you can’t avoid these even when buying that fancy, fresh store-made peanut butter.
A few years ago Dr. Andrew Weil, shared the results of a Consumers Union study. They reviewed the levels of aflatoxins in various peanut butter.
They found that the toxin level varied from brand to brand with the lowest found in big brands like:
- Peter Pan
The highest levels were found in the peanut butter ground fresh in health food stores.
But before you break out the Jif, you might first want to read more…
2. Most Peanut Butter Often Contains Harmful Fats
Trans-fatty acids are one of the most toxic food substances today. Trans fats are the result of a highly toxic process that makes foods more stable.
This is what allows them to sit on shelves for an extremely long time. Hydrogenation is the process of taking a plant oil, adding a nickel catalyst, heating it, and then removing the nickel catalyst.
The result is a highly toxic fat. One that has been linked as a cause of diabetes, heart disease, and chronic inflammation.
Check the labels for trans fats befor you buy any. If you see hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils in the ingredients …
… then don’t buy it!
And as if trans fats weren’t bad enough, roasting nuts can also cause the fats in peanuts to go rancid. So if you must feed peanut butter, then at the very least, make sure it’s raw and doesn’t contain hydrogenated fats.
But of course, you’ll still have to deal with the aflatoxins …
3. Most Peanut Butter Contains Sugar
Think of white sugar as food for all of the nasty things we take our dogs to the vet for.
- yeast (candida)
- and cancer!
The more we eat, the more they feast!
Sugar can also cause diabetes, food allergies, premature aging, and low-level inflammation. And it feeds cancer cells.
Speaking of inflammation, that’s one more reason why it’s not a great snack choice.
While peanuts are high in good monounsaturated fats, their omega 6 to 3 ratio is terrible! One cup of peanuts contains 35578 mg of omega-6 fatty acids and only 196 mg of omega-3 fats.
Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) can trigger inflammation. And too much inflammation is not good.
The most common inflammatory conditions in dogs include allergies and joint disease.
And, here’s something you might not know … there are peanut butter manufacturers adding deadly xylitol to their ingredients!
[RELATED: What’s So Dangerous About Xylitol?]
So skip the Skippy and give your dog a bone … or dehydrated liver and all these other more nutritious and delicious snacks.