Peanut Butter believed to be aphrodisiac

In 1971, it was widely reported that a girls' high school in Johannesburg, South Africa had banned peanut butter due to a concern that peanuts were a sexual stimulant.

This news, of course, was met with incredulity by the American press, but given the lack of details in the story (the school, for instance, was never named) I suspected it might be an urban legend reported as news. However, in a New Scientist article published two years later (Nov 1, 1973) I was able to find some more information which suggests that the story apparently was true, and that the ban was inspired by local African folk belief about peanuts:

"This command has been traced by local health officials to a traditional taboo among the native tribal population which regarded both peanuts and eggs as sex stimulants and therefore forbade their consumption by the young and unmarried."

Sydney Morning Herald - July 19, 1971

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jun 17, 2016
Category: Food, Sexuality, 1970s

So shelling a peanut is busting a nut I guess. LOL
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 06/17/16 at 11:17 PM
It is a better phallacy than rhino horn is an aphrodisiac.
Posted by BMN on 06/18/16 at 07:14 PM
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