Although considered a nut, peanuts are in fact legumes and are a good source of protein. Unlike other legumes, peanuts are very high in fat. Since peanuts are one of the most chemically treated of all crops, try to choose organic peanuts for use. Peanuts are also prone to a carcinogenic mold called aflatoxin, especially if they are stored under humid conditions, so choose peanuts from the arid climate of the Southwest, like Valencia peanuts, to minimize this risk.

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