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MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,540
10/10/13 11:42 P

Natural peanut butter is very good

The kind where they remove the fat and add sugar I would call bad.

My grocery stores make generic natural peanut butter. And it is about $2 a jar

859320 Posts: 791
10/10/13 11:29 P

I love peanut butter and have been feeling guilty about eating a couple of tablespoons per day. I have bought powdered peanut butter in the past and it is good and a whole lot less calories. But I have been craving chunky PB for some reason. emoticon

NANLEYKW SparkPoints: (76,244)
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10/10/13 10:42 P

I eat 2 tbs almost every day and have lost 70+ lbs. It doesn't trigger cravings for me, but it does keep me nice and full, and I totally love it!

SIMPLYME80 Posts: 406
10/10/13 9:01 P

Truthfulyl I don't care! I LOVE peanut butter and most of the time buy whatever is on sale, and I Am losing weight!

Edited by: SIMPLYME80 at: 10/10/2013 (21:01)
JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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10/10/13 8:22 P

Depends on the type, is it natural peanut butter (just roasted peanuts and sometimes salt)? Or is it the regular peanut butter with hydrogenated oils (ie; trans fat)?

I absolutely love peanut butter. I probably have about 30 different recipes that include peanut butter and eat about 1-3 tbsp. per day. It is a great source of unsaturated fats, as are all nuts and nut butters. As others have already noted, being primarily consisting of fat, it is calorie dense. You're definitely going to want to measure it out.

I tried natural peanut butter and could never go back to eating the regular type. It does tend to be a bit more pricey but I stock up when it's on sale. You also have to stir it and keep it refrigerated once it's opened.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 10/10/2013 (20:27)
10/10/13 8:17 P

natural is good with sugar is bad

10/10/13 7:41 P

The answer to your question depends on how much and how often you are using peanut butter, as well as the other food choices you are having throughout the day. If you make your nutrition tracker public, we can give more helpful tips and suggestions. Let me know if you need the steps to make your tracker public.

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BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
10/10/13 6:49 P

What are you reading that is supposed to be "bad" about peanut butter?

There are "bad" kinds of peanut butter - the ones where they remove the peanut oil, replace it with cheap oil and tons of salt and sugar (hello Skippy I'm looking at you!). But the plain "peanuts" or "peanuts and salt" kind... it's just peanuts! (and maybe salt) ... what's bad about that?

Bad for your weight-loss-efforts if you overindulge, as it's very calorie dense, so you need to measure it carefully (and perhaps stay clear of it entirely if it's something that entices you too strongly to take "just one more little spoonful")... Bad if you're allergic... but.... I can't really see any other down sides to it.

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10/10/13 6:24 P

Peanut butter is high in fat (also has protein and carbohydrates, though) and very calorie-dense (a small amount has a lot of calories). It's got some vitamins and minerals and so on; it's not an "empty" food. Depending on the brand you could be looking at a ton of added sugar, salt, and/or other not-so-nice additives. (But other brands are just peanuts and a nominal amount of salt.)

That's all I think anybody can say about it. Whether it's good or not for you depends on your own needs, and what you like to eat.

For me, I love it, and have a peanut butter sandwich several times a week. (Though sometimes it's almond or another nut butter for variety or because that's what's in the closet.) Not PB&J, though; I'm hard pressed to find much of redeeming value about jelly, and there hasn't been any in the house for ages.

Edited by: RENATARUNS at: 10/10/2013 (18:25)
RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
10/10/13 5:02 P

I don't eat much peanut butter, but don't consider it bad. If you overeat it, or it causes you cravings, then it might be bad for you, but like most foods, this depends on what diet you are following, and how it affects you. I don't think most foods are good or bad. We all agree leafy greens are good, and sweets/pop are bad, but the vast majority of the food is in between. I can't have corn on low carb, so for me it would be bad, same as whole wheat, but most consider that good food.

What you are hearing is it is bad for someone else. That shouldn't matter to you. Do you lose weight while having it. The one poster has it daily, with no problem. If you can control how much you eat, and lose weight steadily, why not eat it?

CHANGINGFACES27 SparkPoints: (1,451)
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10/10/13 5:02 P

Depends on what kind of diet your sticking to. For me I can eat 2 - 4 tbsp a day of natural peanut or almond butter. I changed my spark ranges to moderate - high fat, and lower carb, as that seems to work for me. Everyone is different, but I LOVE MY NUT BUTTERS! Just make sure they do not have more than 2 ingredients, should say peanuts and salt, that's it. The hydrogenated oils and what not are terrible for you.

CLARK971 SparkPoints: (29,686)
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10/10/13 4:05 P

I eat peanut butter. I love peanut butter. I have to measure it out or I will eat too much.

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10/10/13 3:52 P

I eat 2 tbsp of natural peanut butter almost every day. It's my main source for good fats.

CORTNEY-LEE SparkPoints: (67,852)
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10/10/13 3:36 P

it depends --

Peanut butter is calorie dense, but offers a lot of good, healthy fats.

For me, peanut butter is bad because I can't stay out of it, and tend to overeat on it.

A tablespoon or 2 of peanut butter can be part of a well balanced, healthy diet.

10/10/13 3:34 P

I thought peanut butter was good for you (the no added sugar / salt type) and I've read some things that say that's right, but there's other things that say it's not and I'm getting a bit confused! Can anybody put things straight for me? Thanks!

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