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Peanut Butter Nutrition - The Real Story

By Edited Jan 29, 2014 0 4

Peanut butter is touted as a nutritious food that is high in protein but there is much more to peanut butter nutrition than just that. First of all, peanut butter is high in fat and it is a calorie dense food. What that means is that a mere two tablespoons of peanut butter contains nearly 200 calories and 16 grams of fat with three of those grams coming from saturated fat. Sure, all that doesn't necessarily make peanut butter bad but did you realize that the PB in your PB&J sandwich has just as many calories as the bread and more fat than a full tablespoon of butter? It really makes you look at peanut butter nutrition in a whole new light, doesn't it?

Now, peanut butter is great in moderation but it isn't this super protein food that some people make it out to be. When it comes to being a protein source, peanut butter is sorely lacking. Just looking at a few labels describing peanut butter nutrition among different brands, the average amount of protein in two tablespoons is 8 grams. You can get nearly twice as much protein from a full cup of nonfat yogurt without any of the fat and less calories.

Another problem with this idea of peanut butter nutrition being so great is the claim that peanut butter is filling so you won't be hungry after eating just a teeny tiny bit. Are you really buying that load of garbage? I have had weight problems in the past and I sure as heck was not satisfied with one eensy little spoonful of peanut butter. I remember sitting down with a jar of peanut butter as a child and eating it with a spoon. In fact, every single overweight person I have ever known (except those allergic to peanuts) has had some diet busting encounters with a jar of peanut butter.

Now, onto the sugar aspect of peanut butter nutrition. Because we're all trying to increase the amount of sugar we eat, right? Well, aren't you? Then why do you eat mashed peanuts blended up with yummy sugar? If you've ever tried natural peanut butter with no added sugar, then you know darn well that regular peanut butter is basically candy. If you haven't tried the natural PB, go pick some up and you might just be shocked by the difference.

When it comes to peanut butter nutrition, my conclusion is that peanut butter is delicious. It absolutely is and I really do love it but it is a difficult food to eat in moderation. It's very easy to mindlessly swipe peanut butter on your toast when the reality is that you would probably be better off putting a little butter and sugar on the toast. If your nutritional needs can handle eating butter and sugar on a regular daily basis, enjoy your peanut butter with no guilt, by all means. If you struggle with your weight though, you may need to open your eyes to the truth behind peanut butter nutrition and leave that creamy candy on the shelf.

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Comments

Apr 2, 2010 9:12pm
kp3028
I love peanut butter....especially with chocolate.
Jul 7, 2010 7:48pm
Introspective
Oh no, I was under the impression that a PB&J was a healthy sandwich!! Oh well, instead of eliminating them from my diet, I guess I'll just work-out more. Thanks JustJulie - nice article!
Jul 7, 2010 8:04pm
Travis_Aitch
The kind of fat in peanut butter is actually good for you. I believe that this article is slightly misleading in that aspect. Not all fats are bad for you and it's been shown that peanut butter is an excellent source of good fats that help you absorb essential nutrients like Vitamins A and E to name just a couple.

Also, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is actually better for you than a ham and cheese sandwich. Just something to think about. I would recommend staying away from regular peanut butter though as the part about sugar is correct. Natural peanut butter is a very healthy thing to have in your diet. There's even some peanut butters that have added Omega 3 in it. I always buy the natural peanut butter (and natural jelly) but I honestly don't think regular peanut butter is all that sweet. I personally don't even understand why they add sugar to it anyway, in my opinion it barely makes a difference in taste. Seems unnecessary on their part. Maybe I'm in the minority on that one I don't know.

This was a good article, but I think you may have been a little harsh on good old peanut butter. He is a good friend of mine :-)
Jul 7, 2010 8:07pm
Travis_Aitch
By the way, I found a resource that you might find interesting on this topic.

http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Heart_Letter/2009/July/Ask-the-doctor-Why-is-peanut-butter-healthy-if-it-has-saturated-fat

Please don't take this as an argument or anything. Just a detailed comment :-)
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