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Peanut Butter Question

I have heard various things about peanut butter. I generally eat low-fat creamy p.b. with an apple for a mid-morn/afternoon snack. Is it better to eat all natural peanut butter that has higher fat or processed lowfat peanut butter?

Wed. Nov 23, 10:08am

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Great question...I've been wondering the same thing...

::Eagerly waiting responses::

Wednesday, November 23, 2005, 10:18 AM

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Personally, I stick with the natural types of nut butters. Having high fructose corn syrup as one of the main ingredients after nuts in the low-fat or regular brands concerns me.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005, 10:59 AM

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I buy the natural peanut butter (but not the un-sweetened, b/c I think it's gross!) Then I pour the oil that floats to the top straight down the drain. The PB is just as good w/o it, and then I feel that it's probably even lower fat/cals than the low fat versions (which still seem pretty fatty to me!) Though I have no way of actually knowing how many cals/fat grams I'm pouring down the drain and not eating!

Wednesday, November 23, 2005, 11:00 AM

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I like the natural ones too, like Smucker. Others have some trans-fat, which are bad for you

Wednesday, November 23, 2005, 11:16 AM

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The peanut butters that I find delicious (Skippy, Jif) are really bad for you: full of high-fructose corn syrup, trans fats, regular old fat fats, etc. On the other hand, they turn over off the shelves quickly and do not develop aflatoxins. The problem with organic, healthy peanut butters (aside from the fact that they taste nasty) is that there's not much of a market for them, and the peanuts do develop aflatoxins while stored.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005, 11:21 AM

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What are aflatoxins?

Wednesday, November 23, 2005, 11:24 AM

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Aflatoxins are fungal toxins that can cause liver cancer if consumed over a long period of time. The fungi grow on all sorts of food, including corn, but really get going on stored peanuts. This is why one is told not to eat peanuts that have been sitting around in the cabinet for months. Likewise, if a peanut-butter manufacturer doesn't have high turnover and the peanuts are left sitting around, higher levels of aflatoxin are the result.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005, 11:55 AM

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so then would you say I should buy a small container of all natural p.b.? Sounds like that's the best from these comments.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005, 12:08 PM

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Or you can go to Whole Foods and make your own natural PB in a small container.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005, 12:45 PM

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I used to think the natural peanut butter was gross, but after eating it for awhile, I can't eat the other kind anymore. There's something about the list of ingredients bein "Peanuts" and nothing else. It costs more, but it ends up being more filling and more satisfying. And rather than see peanut butter as a treat, I now see at as food.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005, 2:35 PM

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