Peanut Butter Anyone?

By MAYS Latest Reply 2013-01-04 12:09:12 -0600
Started 2012-11-27 20:59:02 -0600

The Benefits of Peanut Butter:

It's healthy, filling, and can be a dieter's best friend!

It helps you lose weight!

Calling peanut butter a diet food, with 180 to 210 calories per serving, may seem counter-intuitive. But it has the enviable combination of fiber (2 g per serving) and protein (8 g per serving) that fills you up and keeps you feeling full longer, so you eat less overall. Plus, there's nothing more indulgent than licking peanut butter off a spoon—and indulgence (in moderation) helps dieters fight cravings and stay on track.

It's packed with nutrition!

A serving of peanut butter has 3 mg of the powerful antioxidant vitamin E, 49 mg of bone-building magnesium, 208 mg of muscle-friendly potassium, and 0.17 mg of immunity-boosting vitamin B6. Research shows that eating peanuts can decrease your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions. One study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that consuming 1 ounce of nuts or peanut butter (about 2 tablespoons) at least 5 days a week can lower the risk of developing diabetes by almost 30%.

It's got the good fat!

Peanut butter is chock-full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. A recent study found that insulin-resistant adults who ate a diet high in monos had less belly fat than people who ate more carbohydrates or saturated fat.

PS: If you're buying reduced-fat peanut butter because you think it's better for your waistline, save your money. The calories are the same (or even a little higher) thanks to the extra ingredients that are added to make up for the missing fat (including more sugar).

54 replies

Pynetree 2013-01-04 11:53:32 -0600 Report

My husband still does PB sandwiches..but, my favorite way is to have one Tbs. of P.B. with a sliced apple, or pear, at night, it seems to be my magic snack to better Morning BG #'s.

jayabee52 2012-12-05 12:15:25 -0600 Report

Howdy again Mays!

I want to make a small correction with what you said in the Original posting: "It's got the good fat" Others have alluded to it earlier, but the fat with which it is mixed may be good or bad. Those PBs which are more natural and have to be stirred and refrigerated to keep them good have the peanut oil, which is the "good" fat. Those which need no refrigeration and need not be stirred are not so good for us in general as they are hydrogenated fats like palm Kernel oil, or cottonseed oil. Those with Partially hydrogenated oils are generally not the best to consume because they contain "Trans fats" See the article here on the relative merits of various fats ~

A rundown of better fats may be found here ~

If it has a transfat in it, that PB is not as good for us as those with the fully hydrogenated oils, or the "natural" PBs which have to be stirred and reftigerated.

I miss my PB, because I must avoid it (and all nuts) due to my kidney issues.


tabby9146 2012-12-10 09:29:05 -0600 Report

so true, I rely on PB most days, as part of my protein. many of those that you have to stir and keep in the fridge, I don't like, but I have found one I do like. which one do you eat?

jayabee52 2013-01-04 12:09:12 -0600 Report

I don't eat PB as a normal rule because it is bad for my kidneys. My kidneys don't clean out the toxic sludge circulating in my bloodstream, and to keep that sludge to a minimum no nuts of any kind. I am 1 blood test away from dialysis (I believe) and I took that test yesterday. I don't think it will be long now and I'll get hooked up to the big machine which cleans our the crap in my blood vessels. So no PB for me!

Armourer 2012-12-04 21:29:48 -0600 Report

I rely on peanut butter for some of my protein, but I've got nothing to put on since all grains spike my BG. So I lick the spoon. But one should avoid the hydrogenated type and use all natural with no sugar. Locally there's just one kind, 'Adams' but it is expensive and must be kept in the fridge. I love the stuff, but I eat it sparingly these days cause it makes me gain weight.

Type1Lou 2012-12-05 09:39:42 -0600 Report

I indulge is plain spoonfuls too. when the snack-bug bites around 8 pm. The Smucker's Natural PB needs to be refrigerated too after opening and stirring it up to prevent separation of the oil. I go through one large jar per week! Have you tried putting PB on apples or pears or celery. The apples and pears (Bosc is my preferred) do have carbs to consider but they are healthier carbs with lots of fiber.

CaliKo 2012-11-30 20:02:21 -0600 Report

Peanut butter on pear slices - heavenly!

MAYS 2012-12-05 03:50:35 -0600 Report

Interesting, I have to try that.

CaliKo 2012-12-05 08:40:54 -0600 Report

Let me know what you think. I usually buy Bartlett pears, but any kind will do.

MAYS 2012-12-05 14:05:10 -0600 Report

That i will, just wondering how it will taste if i use crunchy (chunky) peanut butter?
Either way it's worth a try!

CaliKo 2012-12-05 14:19:04 -0600 Report

Hey, that's a twist. I haven't done that, but now I feel compelled… it's the little things that make me happy, isn't it?

JSJB 2012-11-30 16:53:33 -0600 Report

I love peanut butter. Eat it out of the jar by the spoonful. Is that what you call moderation?? Sorry I can not control my cravings for the stuff. Do not put on anything, I want the full taste. They even wrote a song about it PEANUTS UHOH UHOH UHOH PEANUTS.

Type1Lou 2012-11-29 12:38:30 -0600 Report

I would give up meat before I gave up PB! I use the all-natural peanut butter(only peanuts and salt)…Smucker's All Natural is my preferred brand… and usually eat it slathered on an apple, cored and sliced, for lunch…depending on the size of the apple, it runs between 39 and 45 grams of carb., within my dietary allotment and very satisfying and healthy! If I have a yen for something sweet, I'll take a spoonful of PB and plop it on a square of good quality Dark Chocolate…better than any PB Cup any day!

MAYS 2012-12-05 14:06:54 -0600 Report

I have to try that!

Type1Lou 2012-12-06 08:17:17 -0600 Report

One square of Dove Dark Chocolate with 1 tbsp of Smucker's all Natural PB is around 7 or 8 grams of carb…depends on how big your tbsp is…thought you'd want to know…it's my indulgence of choice. Happy Holidays!

GabbyPA 2012-11-29 06:07:27 -0600 Report

I love peanut butter (and all nut butters actually) I eat mine usually in celery or with apple slices. There is even a peanut soup recipe here that is very good. I liked it a lot.

Never thought of it as a "diet" food, but have always liked it.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-11-29 05:52:44 -0600 Report

Thanks Mays, I love peanut butter it has become one of the foods that I eat quite frequently! I love peanut butter mixed with sugar free syrup as a treat sometimes!

MAYS 2012-12-05 14:08:07 -0600 Report

Hmmm, that's different…must try it sometime.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-12-06 05:26:49 -0600 Report

It actually used to be a little dessert when I was a little girl. Financially desserts were rare, so we compensated and came up with our own! We used to use the old fashioned Karo syrup, do rememberthat one?

MAYS 2012-12-06 07:43:53 -0600 Report

Yes i do remember that, as well as my mom creating all types of deserts for me and my siblings as children, financially deserts were rare in our household also.

jimLE 2012-11-28 17:14:16 -0600 Report

I,ve eaten peanut butter since child hood…pluse i add 1 slice of sharp cheeder sliced cheese with the sanwhich when i eat i just keep on eating them…

Nick1962 2012-11-28 14:04:09 -0600 Report

16 oz. Skippy Superchunk for me every 2 weeks!

tabby9146 2012-12-10 09:31:46 -0600 Report

If I didn't care about my diet so much, I'd have Jiff regular PB just about everyday, that is my fave. but I switched to the natural kind, it isn't quite as good but I know it is better for me. I like the Skippy too

unicornmichelle 2012-11-28 14:29:21 -0600 Report

hi nick peanut butter is ok but im kinda burn out on it

Nick1962 2012-11-28 15:21:58 -0600 Report

yeah, I get tired of it too sometimes, but find different ways to eat it with all that protein. Sometimes I cut a 6" whole wheat (low carb) tortilla into quarters and slap some PB on with some lettuce. Its about 7 carbs and 7 protein and makes a good snack. Sometimes it's just dig a celey stick in the jar. I kinda like it on a small slab of cheddar cheese too!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-11-29 11:37:05 -0600 Report

Nick before I became allergic to nuts and grapes, I use to eat peanut butter on celery with raisins sprinkled on it and called it Bugs on a Log. I so miss eating peanut butter.

jayabee52 2012-11-28 00:08:50 -0600 Report

Thanks for sharing this Mays!

Unfortunately for those of us who have Kidney issues peanuts (as do most nuts) are high in potassium, which is great for heart and muscle function but is hard on a failing kidney.

So if you have kidney disease nuts of all kinds, including peanut butters, are contraindicated. See this article for further details ~


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