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Peanut butter bad?


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I know that peanut butter is high in calories (normally 200 calories for 2 tbsp.), but isn't it high in protein? 

It seems as if I am contradicting myself here because it is high in calories and high in protein. Is it worth it to eat it?

Do you know of any foods that have low calories and high protein?

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I eeat peanut butter all the time. :-) Even though it may be high in calories, it's high in healthy fats and protein. yum!

High in calories does not equate unhealthy. Peanut butter is a high calorie food because nuts are full of healthy fats. It is good for you, just enjoy it in moderation. You need those healthy fats to function properly.

High calorie, healthy foods: olive oil, oily fish, avocado, bananas, nuts, nut butters, seeds, dried fruits, wholewheat pasta... just to name a few.

Equally low calorie doesn't equate healthy. Marshmallows are fairly low cal, but they have no nutritional value.

Low calorie sources of protein are poultry (skin off), lean red meats, eggs, half fat dairy, tofu and soya, beans, and legumes. But the important thing is that you should get a balance of the higher cal stuff and lower. You need those healthy fats for proper growth!

I like the Better n' Peanutbutter.  Half the calories (50 per Tablespoon)  I get it at Albertsons.  It's a little spendy compared to other brands, but I only use 1 or 2 tablespoons at a time.  High in the Omega 3 fats (good) as well.  There's other brands out there, but this one is the one that I like. 

it depends on what you mean as bad... i have been eating a tabl spoon on pb every night before bed,  it helps me reach my calorie goals for the day and has good fats in it.  1 problem of mine is that i can eat the correct cals but i do not get enough fats, and i can tell when i dont.  our body needs fats so p butter is great for me,  with out it i would probley be sad under weight and in trouble

Mommakitty --  thanks for sharing I never heard of Better n' Peanutbutter....I plan to get some today!  I LOOOOOVVVVEEEE PEANUT BUTTER!  And I do in general stay far away because of the high fat and cal for soooo little.  Thanks!

just to warn you though 5327, better n' peanutbutter doesn't taste anything like pb in my opinion.  i bought it once and threw it out after one taste.  some people like it, but i'm not a fan.

peanut butter is only good IF you are getting the REAL stuff!

the commercial stuff is loaded with a bunch of added salt, sugar, chemicals perservatives and hydrogenated oils (BAD FAT), taking away much of the real nutritional value in peanuts.. and adding to 'addictivness' of the stuff (you'll soon see how many people binge on the crap; the taste and 'mouth feel' from the additives and sugar contribute to why people "love it")

buy all natural peanut butter, with only PEANUTS on the label.. if it contains more then one (or two) ingredients, move on!

you can also get other types of nut butters too, which are just as good (almond, hazelnut, soy nut..etc)

make sure to refridgerate it after opening too, since its free of perservatives and chemicals, it will go bad..

tennislove98    thanks for the heads up....I knew it would be too good to be trueCry!   Well, I am guessing it taste similar to like the reduce fat peanut butter that you can get by Jif?  And yes, that is not my cup a tea....too gritty.  Anyone else out there with ideas?

This isn't peaut butter, but I just read about Nature Valleys Peanut Butter Granola Bars....I did buy them very yummy!  Not too high in cals or fat.

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I don't consider peanut butter to be a high protein source, but I don't thinks it's unhealthy or "bad" by any means. It's loaded with healthy fats, which our body needs. I second the natural peanut butter suggestion. Jif makes me cringe.

Edit: Oh and if you're looking for a low-calorie/low-fat peanut butter product get Barbara's Peanut Butter Puffins.

Original Post by carmenxox:

peanut butter is only good IF you are getting the REAL stuff!

the commercial stuff is loaded with a bunch of added salt, sugar, chemicals perservatives and hydrogenated oils (BAD FAT), taking away much of the real nutritional value in peanuts.. and adding to 'addictivness' of the stuff (you'll soon see how many people binge on the crap; the taste and 'mouth feel' from the additives and sugar contribute to why people "love it")

buy all natural peanut butter, with only PEANUTS on the label.. if it contains more then one (or two) ingredients, move on!

you can also get other types of nut butters too, which are just as good (almond, hazelnut, soy nut..etc)

make sure to refridgerate it after opening too, since its free of perservatives and chemicals, it will go bad..

 We get the Adam's all natural peanut butter...but it is the one that you have to stir in the oil as there is less sodium, calories, saturated fat, cholesterol, and everything that is not good. And it is only 210 calories per 2 table spoon serving and it goes great on high fiber bread.

haha how cn u always come out with the right answer??? yea, like lalabanana said, having lots of calories doesnt mean its unhealthy, nuts have a lot of good fats, and as you know, peanut butter is made from... well... peanuts, haha. It has a good amount of protein and, yes, ITS TASTY!!!!!!! =D

i cant live without peanut butter. i stir it into oats for a hearty breakfast or recently i discovered the beauty of mixing a tblsp into some plain fat free yogurt with a little sugar sub- it adds more protien and carbs to balance the fat (though it is healthy fat) and it gives you a big tasty bowl of peanut butter flavor.

hahah looks lyk u like peanut butter =D=D

I have peanut butter on wheat bread after a jog with my dog. It fills me up and I only use 1 tbsp. I buy the extra crunchy but there is an organic brand i want to try at the store, its local though so i doubt you would have access to it unless you live in the midwest. Anyway, im just waiting to buy it until my current jar is gone. :) I think its great, but like a lot of other things good in moderation. I'm kind of a pb snob so i hope that organic kind is good. haha.

STAY AWAY FROM PEANUT BUTTER!!!!!!!! Peanuts contain mycotoxins. Peanuts contain mold which causes a yeast build-up in the body. Which can cause diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and the list goes on and on. Also stay away from corn products, they contain the same mycotoxins. Here is a good website: www.knowthecause.com with Doug Kaufmann. If you like peanut butter try Sunbutter or almond butter. Sunbutter is made from sunflower seeds and tastes a lot better than peanut butter. Ever wonder why peanut butter has a long expiration date? And mold doesn't stop growing in the same environment.

Here are also some good websites:

http://www.bodybuildingweb.net/blog/peanut-bu tter-causes-cancer/

http://www.ehso.com/ehshome/aflatoxin.php

STAY AWAY FROM PEANUT BUTTER!!!!!!!! Peanuts contain mycotoxins. Peanuts contain mold which causes a yeast build-up in the body. Which can cause diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and the list goes on and on. Also stay away from corn products, they contain the same mycotoxins. Here is a good website: www.knowthecause.com with Doug Kaufmann. If you like peanut butter try Sunbutter or almond butter. Sunbutter is made from sunflower seeds and tastes a lot better than peanut butter. Ever wonder why peanut butter has a long expiration date? And mold doesn't stop growing in the same environment.

Here are also some good websites:

http://www.bodybuildingweb.net/blog/peanut-bu tter-causes-cancer/

http://www.ehso.com/ehshome/aflatoxin.php

Ummm... heh. I don't know about mycotoxins, but I love me some peanut butter!

I am a peanut butter snob. Our market has a grinder, so our peanutbutter is totally fresh & delicious.

I make the most of it by mixing 15g (1 Tbsp) with 40g banana = 142 calories of volumous goodness. Yummy!

Well even if all that is true is 99% just not likely to happen... i mean, it would be even more likely to get runed over by a car on the street than getting a yeast infection from peanut butter haha :L!

 

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i think its okay but in moderation. if you are eating a jar of peanut butter a day well then you have something to worry about... good high protein foods i can think of are yogurts, egg whites, tuna

Original Post by mommyliner:

Ever wonder why peanut butter has a long expiration date? And mold doesn't stop growing in the same environment.

 that's cause all the fillers, perservatives, salt, sugar, and hydrogenated oils in commercial peanut butter prolong the life of it... notice how you can leave a jar in the cupboard for years and never have it 'go bad'?

its not the same for the natural kind, you NEED to refrigerate it after opening because it will go bad since REAL food doesn't have chemicals to prolong the shelf life.

I don't no about this "mycotoxins" but I have not heard enough about them (or ever) to read a whole lot into it.. surely if they were "that bad" we would of heard of more mytotoxin related diseases by now.. and I don't know about you, but the only illness I hear peanuts cause are allergies, and binge eating.

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and on another note, I wouldn't regard peanut butter as a "good protein source" considering that it has like 2-4 grams of protein per tbsp, which is about 90-100 calories a pop.. so therefore to get an adequate amount of protein from PB, you would be eating A LOT of calories; which is okay if you're looking to gain weight or increase calories, but not for weight management/loss...

think about it, for 100 calories you could get a good 15-25 grams of protein from a leaner source like tuna, egg whites, or whey powder... so healthy fat source = yes, good protein source = no

but peanut butter will lower the GI of foods like bread, oatmeal when eaten together since the fats and protein raise blood glucose levels slowly, giving you more sustained energy and feel full longer

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