January 25, 2013 9:49 PM Subscribe
Is eating peanut shells on a regular basis a bad idea?
posted by threeants to Food & Drink (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I recently discovered that I enjoy eating roasted peanuts shell and all.
My main concern is that the shell might have soaked up too much pesticides and other bad stuff. There's no avoiding pesticides altogether in most people's diets, so I guess my question is, is eating peanut shells more risky in that way than, say, conventionally-grown potatoes or carrots?
I've also read about something called mycotoxin, the evidence around which doesn't seem incredibly compelling (at least in the sense that there is probably something potentially terrifying in most mass-market commercial food products). Does anyone know much on the topic?
I'm not overly concerned about the fiber/digestion aspects of the shell.