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Is peanut butter bad to eat?

I have been adding a little peanut butter in to my oatmeal or eating it w/ an apple. Is that bad and will it put a damper on my loosing weight?

Tue. Jun 7, 2:58pm

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Peanut butter has a LOT of fat, calories, sugar in it. Have you tried the all-natural kind, like Adams or Laura Scudders? If you really like peanut butter it's probably better to buy that than the regular brands. I know the natural stuff has less sugar, that's for sure.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005, 3:01 PM

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Everything is fine in moderation. Usually when I do PB, i only use 1 TBSP (serving size is 2 TBSP) Just make sure you are counting it in your daily calorie allotment!

Tuesday, June 07, 2005, 3:02 PM

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Just remember that peanut butter that is not organic or natural often has added hydronated oils and high fructose corn syrup. Neither of those things are good for you! Try cashew butter or almond butter from a health food store like Whole Foods or Trader Joes. Much better option, in my opinion.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005, 3:08 PM

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heard peanuts are a type of carcinogens

If you still want the protein, I agree with above. cashew and almond butter are extraordinary.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005, 3:13 PM

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Yeah, but at some point or other, almost *everything* has been labeled a carcinogen. If I didn't eat anything that was at one point labeled as "bad" for me, I'd be living a ridiculously limited life. No thanks.

If you like peanut butter, I say eat it. I love the natural peanut butters available now, as they're not only better for you w/out all the processed stuff, but I also think they taste SO much better! Definitely eat in moderation, as a little goes a long way in terms of cal and fat content. A little peanut butter is very satisfying, so there's really no need to go overboard anyway.

I usually eat some with breakfast to just add a bit of protein and fat, especially with a multigrain or whole wheat english muffin. Also, if I have an intense sweet/hunger craving, I get out a small cereal spoon, get some peanut butter on it, and eat it slowly. Very satisfying if I don't have anything else around.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005, 10:17 AM

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Agreed - Everything in Moderation

When my appetite increases (from harder workouts or hormones) I find that just 1 tablespoon of peanut butter on a small whole wheat pita at breakfast will really help to stave off the hunger for a while, thanks to the fat and protein.

I buy only organic peanut butter (Trader Joe's). Peanuts are one of those foods that have extraordinarily high pesticide content. Ick.

- melissa

Wednesday, June 08, 2005, 11:12 AM

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Don't deprive yourself.

The reason "diets" don't work for most people is that they feel deprived, and then they feel sad about it and even angry that they can't eat what they want. In addition, most people diet by restricting their calories so much that they mess up their metabolism. Finally, in my experience, the biggest problem with a diet is that we see it as a short-term fix--we go on a diet, and then we go off--without learning any valuable lessons along the way.

I love PB, too! I buy the natural variety (not my favorite) because after reading the labels I knew it was the best choice and was acceptable--more acceptable for me then giving up something I love entirely. I make up for it, too, but buying natural no sugar added preserves and using Natural Ovens brand bread which has no High Fructose Corn Syrup (the devil as far as I'm concerned), and overall with the reduction in calories from the sugar in the preserves and bread I've made a moderate calorie snack out of something I've always been told is off limits if I'm dieting. What's best is I can eat this for the rest of my life and be satisfied--I'm not deprived, I'm not sad, and I'm not angry. In fact, I feel really happy whenever I have a PB n J sammy!

The tip about cutting the serving in 1/2 is absolutely true. I am completely satisfied with 1 tbsp on my toast or sammy--2 tbsp is almost too much for me, now. I do the same thing with real mayo--I eat veggie phoney balony instead of real balogna, eat "good" bread, and have 1/2 the serving of mayo (instead of a full serving of light mayo that has hydrogenated oils and HFCS in them), and the calories are a wash, and I feel like I've been decadent and really treated myself.

Eat what makes you happy--don't deprive yourself--but be sensible. In the end it's about eating nutritious food with a moderate calorie count so that you can maintain those healthy eating habits for a lifetime.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005, 12:05 PM

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Natural peanut butter (made without added sugar or hydrogenated oil) is delicious and nutricious. Stick to a single serving or less and be aware that nuts and nut butters are higher in calories than some other foods.

Thursday, June 09, 2005, 8:59 PM

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natural peanut butter rocks, LOVE the stuff. but remember cause its natural, no chemicals, it will go bad (keep it in the fridge) where Skippy can stay on the shelf for years!

Friday, June 10, 2005, 12:20 PM

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PB Alternative

Have you heard of BETTER THAN PEANUT BUTTER from Trader Joe's? It was actually kind of staple in my diet a few years ago, high in protein, low in fat, and no added sugar! It tasted pretty damn good--- feels like "cheating!"

Sunday, June 12, 2005, 3:50 AM

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