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Aflatoxin Thu, Mar 24, 2011
Aflatoxins are naturally-occurring fungi-produced toxins that are found on foods like corn and peanuts and are known to cause liver cancer.  Developing countries are most at risk, but thankfully the FDA tests for these substances and has certain stated limits for ingestion.  This is of particular interest to me because of the frightening quantity of peanut butter I eat on a daily basis.  It's easy to find murmurs on internet message boards about how [X] food causes [Y] deadly problem, and this is no exception, but since there are so few (or perhaps no) documented cases of aflatoxicosis due to peanut butter ingestion, I'll continue eating it to my heart's content. #food

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