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Discourse on Peanut Butter

Friday, May 24, 2013

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3.5 hours.

That's how long the Caramel Nut Blast Balance bar kept me going this morning, in case you were wondering from my comments on yesterday's post. So the Balance Bars seem to do the trick too - but again, can we chalk up my desire to eat to being in the office environment? Or was it the irresistibility of peanut butter?

One of my favorite bloggers posted about challenges she has had with peanut butter recently, resulting in her determination to give it up for six weeks. I'm not sure when I banned peanut butter from my own household, but it has not crossed my front door for quite some time. An open jar of peanut butter and a clean spoon has wreaked a lot of havoc on me in the past. Doesn't matter - Natural, Fake, Reduced Fat - all types call out the binge monster in me.

Peanut butter is often touted as a healthy protein to add to your diet, as the monounsaturated fats contained within can boost heart health. Dr. Peeke suggested pairing it with celery or apples as a nutritious snack in The Hunger Fix detox plan. I often see it as a key ingredient in dessert suggestions on diet and nutrition sites like SparkPeople (usually paired with protein powder). It's even recommended as a staple in the Wheat Belly plan, along with other nut butters. So with all of the messages out there about the health benefits of peanut butter, it's a bit comforting to hear that others struggle with the stuff like I do.

One of my other favorite bloggers wrote about peanut butter and it's place within the Primal diet as well. (Note - it doesn't HAVE a place in the primal diet). Anyway, he acknowledges the good about jelly's favorite partner, but recommends other sources for protein and monounsaturated fats, and suggests using other nut butters to satisfy the fix. What's interesting is that he provides a lot of scientific evidence behind some of the reasons why peanut butter is bad for you, but when it comes to the binge-ability factor of peanut butter, he comes up short. He shares it as a problem, for sure - so at least I know it extends beyond myself and my friend at Runs for Cookies.

I've considered using almond butter instead, as I'm really dying to make some of the desserts I see out there and I would also like a protein to pair with my apples other than cheese. But it's just too close in taste and texture to regular peanut butter, so I'm afraid to take the chance. Sorry almond butter, we can't date because I'm too damaged from peanut butter. Ask me again when I have 30 days binge free under my belt.
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    I can binge on anything that fatty delicious, included smoked salmon. It's the fat that my body flips over!

    1852 days ago
  • ADZY86
    Ah I love love love peanut butter! I used to absolutely hate it back in the days when I was eating a junk-filled diet, but now that I am being healthy, it's somehow become soooo delicious to me! I am able to limit myself to 2 tbsps of it on a flaxseed muffin, or mixed with some cream to make a syrup-y dessert (soooo good). I also have almond butter, which I do like but it's just not the same, not as tasty in my opinion.
    At least you know your triggers and what to avoid.
    1852 days ago
    I'm a nut for PB too! I've managed to avoid it almost entirely for quite a while simply because I know that if I start, there's simply no stopping. I bought the little PB snack cups for a while, because when they're gone, they're gone! But there's still those several others in the package...

    I'm glad you opened the PB topic though: I bought (quite a while ago) some powdered PB. My initial rejection of PB was that I was trying to avoid the phytates, et al, in the typical version. I'm curious now as to whether this powdered stuff still packs the same antinutrients, or if something in its processing might have put it a bit closer to the realm of "healthy" eats. I see it associated with that term, which sets off all kinds of denial alarms for me these days.

    I'd considered contacting the manufacturer, but I think that would probably be a lost cause. Even if they understood what I'm asking, I'm sure they'd be quick to assert its benefits...like most of the rest of the food industry (grains, GMOs, soy, you-name-it).

    I wonder if anyone has any insight on it?
    1852 days ago
    I find nut butters very tasty, a bit too tasty sometimes, but think whole nuts are a decent option, in particular instead of cereal grains for breakfast with yogurt and berries. I suspect the bingeability factor come from the fact that the commercial kind often has sugar which can trigger the brain to binge just at the sight of a jar. Homemade raw nut butter (grind nuts in food processor, store in canning jar) may not cause the same triggers.

    1852 days ago
  • KLUTZY68
    I have PB problems too. It's one of my SO's main protein sources, and since his diet is bad in general it's always in the house. I can resist its presence, but if I eat one bite I almost always eat a lot more, and not by the spoonful--it must be on some sort of starch. And if I EVER touch it after supper it's Binge City until I can't move!

    Since it's so high in fat I don't really get why it's supposed to be a good diet food anyway!
    1855 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/25/2013 9:04:05 AM
    I have eliminated peanuts from my diet as part of treating hypotyroidism, but almond butter has the same effect for me (or cashew butter). I've been known to eat an entire jar in just a few days. 11 servings? nope, more like 3-4!

    (guiltily looks around, eating a banana with almond butter straight from the jar!(
    1855 days ago
    good luck on your binge free peanut butter cravings. I love peanut butter and club crackers.
    1856 days ago
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