I'm glad because peanut butter is the one thing that I can turn to to control cravings. I usually eat one or two spoonfuls, often for breakfast on toast. It satisfies my hunger and my stomach isn't growling an hour later. If I eat cereal or something similar, I'm hungry again by mid-morning. So yay peanut butter! It's a diet staple for me. (Sometimes I trade off with (natural) almond butter, too. I can get both freshly ground at the health food store here and it's cheaper than jar brands.)
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Peanut butter with no additives (sugar, extra oil, preservatives, etc.) in moderation is healthy!
Everyone else here has nailed it on the "healthy fat but watch serving size and great for protien" line. I did see the few brands and the Salmonella scare, that is definitely newsworthy... Also my Dr. told me at one point when I was having a lot of stomach problems (digestive and what he thought was gallbladder related) to cut back since it is high in fat (although healthy) it can exacerbate gallbladder issues.
Your mom maybe read that peanut butter can aflatoxin, which is a cancer-causing substance in it. It is a toxic mold that is almost all cases can not be seen with the naked eye. I was disappointed to find this out since I love peanut butter on crisp apple slices.
An alternative is almond butter, which is not supposed to have aflatoxin. You can make it or buy it.
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Peanut Butter and any foods can fit in a healthy diet. So much of it is portion control that is the issue. I buy the Natural Peanut butter for my daughter because it doesn't have added trans fats. For myself, I use powdered peanut butter made by Bell Plantations. It is awesome in smoothies! It only has about 50 calories per 2 tbsp. www.bellplantation.com/
Depends on how much you eat. Peanut Butter can be good for you. I just love the stuff but always had a hard time with portion. Once I stick a spoon in a jar look out. I found Jiffy individual (TBS) cups sold in packages of 8. I CAN EAT JUST ONE
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I don't think it is bad for us, but like anything else it has to be eaten in moderation.. Moderation is a shock for some people that makes it not worth it in the ratio we should respect it in..
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Everything in moderation..
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Recently, a couple of brands of peanut butter had been pulled from the shelves because of salmonella contamination. That might be the news report your mother heard.
Otherwise, peanut butter can be extremely good for a person as long as they are mindful of the portion and buying the natural brands. The mainstream brands can contain many fillers and preservatives. Thus the reason to buy natural.
Of course, if you're worried about peanut butter, how about almond butter ? It's extremely rich and you only need a small dab to get a full blast of flavor. I'm a big fan of almond butter. It's expensive, but like I said because it's so rich, you only need a very small dab to be satisfied.
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It's good for you but high in calories. Eat in moderation.
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Yes, it is wonderful for you if you buy healthy peanut butter as suggested, and remember to measure carefully. It is high in calories, but if you measure and enjoy it in moderation it is a great(and quick) source of protien. I LOVE almond butter.
It's fine as long as you're careful to buy brands that aren't full of hydrogenated oils and you don't live on it you'll be okay! Try real peanut butter instead of the major brands as they aren't full of preservatives or tons of calories.
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