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The Peril and Promise of Peanut Butter

The spread that’s poisonous to a growing number of people also is the basis of a medical therapy that saves the lives of millions of children.
Source: Mike Blake / Reuters

Despite their diminutive scale, peanuts play an outsized role in American culture. Peanut butter has long been a mainstay of the American lunch box, with its sticky, slightly sweet nuttiness flavoring the memories of generation after generation of kids. And it’s hard to imagine ball games without, as the song goes, peanuts and Cracker Jacks (which

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