I don't use margarine anymore, just olive oil and butter spray (with no trans fats or hydrogenated anything listed in the ingredients)... but I still eat peanut butter.
I limit my sat fats to 8 gms a day maximum. Some days I go over but most days I eat very little sat fats. I strive for 0 trans fats and about once every couple of weeks I'll get 1 gm trans fat somehow sneaking into my diet.
But for me - peanut butter in moderation (1 Tbsp) on 5 crackers is a GREAT easy energy boost for me before or after a workout. It's totally balanced - protein, carbs, and fat!
Edited by: HEART-BREAKER at: 3/5/2008 (15:51)
Bachelor of Science in Health, Nutrition and Dietetics Concentration, Summa Cum Laude, 2010.
Enrolled in the UNF Masters/Internship program to become a Registered Dietitian.
Oh my, I read your post and took a look in my frig...oh oh! And, there goes my peanut butter! I always thought because it was protein, it was okay. 3 grs of saturated fat. Thanks for the heads up. This really is a learning experience. Carla
And here's how to tell if any margarine is bad for you: Leave it on the counter for an hour. If it's *solid at room temperature* after that, it's got bad stuff in it. Hydrogenation means bubbling hydrogen through a tube into some oil that should be liquid at room temperature (but has no shelf life). If you hydrogenate canola & olive oil they'd be extremely unhealthy -- but they'd have shelf lives. They'd sell!
Food manufacturers have also put saturated fat back in, because without *either* hydrogenated oil or saturated fat, that "heart healthy buttery spread" won't stay solid at room temperature. Check the Nutrition Fact labels. If the fat figures are hidden or donít add up-- and the stuff is solid at room temperature ... that's how it will stay in your arteries.
Food manufacturers' ads are so full of deception. :)
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