We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is Arachibutyrophobia?

Mary McMahon
Updated Mar 03, 2024
Our promise to you
The Health Board is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At The Health Board, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Arachibutyrophobia is a fear of peanut butter, specifically a worry that peanut butter will stick to the roof of the mouth and make it hard to chew, breathe, or swallow. Like other phobias, it is the result of exposure to a trauma, such as choking on a peanut butter sandwich or being told frightening stories about people choking on peanut butter. It is treatable with psychotherapy, as are fears of other nut butters, and patients can work with a variety of mental health professionals including psychiatrists and family counselors to discuss management of a phobia.

The term “arachibutyrophobia,” when broken down to its roots, literally translates as “groundnut butter fear.” Peanut butter is infamously thick and sticky, and the origins of a fear about choking on peanut butter are usually grounded in exposure to the idea that a wad of nut butter could cling to the roof of the mouth and get stuck there. People with this phobia may develop it in response to reading or hearing stories, seeing scenes on television, or nearly choking themselves.

Phobias are a natural reaction of the brain to traumatic events, and they can be treated with a technique known as systematic desensitization. In arachibutyrophobia treatment, the therapist discusses the origins of the phobia with the patient and slowly introduces the object of the fear over time. The goal is to get the patient comfortable with encountering peanut butter in a variety of settings before finally trying a bite. This process can take time and pushing patients to conquer a phobia quickly may result in a setback; the patient can be traumatized by the pressure to get over the phobia.

While this phobia is not particularly harmful or dangerous, it can potentially be frustrating for the patient. Simple avoidance of peanut butter usually isn't challenging, but if the patient starts to develop a strong response, it can be a problem when other people in the vicinity are eating. The patient may experience a strong stress response, including feeling nauseous and dizzy. Treatment of the phobia will allow the patient to feel comfortable in any setting, without having to worry about how to avoid the object of the fear.

Food-based phobias are sometimes rooted in complex emotional patterns. A person with arachibutyrophobia may also have disordered eating and other issues surrounding food. Rigid food rules may be followed, and the patient can be afraid of other foods for various reasons. People with eating disorders often express a fear of high-fat foods like nut butters, and a patient with arachibutyrophobia should be evaluated for other mental health issues.

The Health Board is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Mary McMahon
By Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a The Health Board researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

Discussion Comments

Mary McMahon

Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a...

Learn more
The Health Board, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

The Health Board, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.