Saturday, April 23, 2011
Peanut Butter on a Low Fat Diet
It is no secret that Americans love their comfort foods. Peanut butter, according to a recent study, was stocked by 83% of the 1,700 American households surveyed. With its convenience, great taste, nutritional value and ability to satisfy adults and children alike, it's no wonder most people eat it...a lot. Unfortunately, peanut butter is also loaded with fat and calories and has always been considered a major diet no-no...until now.
Peanut butter is a staple in many households, but at 16 grams of fat and around 200 calories per two-tablespoon serving, peanut butter is obviously not a low-fat, low-calorie food. But before we cross peanut butter off our list, there are some pluses that mean we can spread some on our toast or sliced apples from time to time. Apart from being a good source of vitamin E, folic acid, niacin, and phosphorous, most (but not all) of the fat in peanut butter is the heart-healthy monounsaturated kind; plus, it contains no cholesterol.
Historically, peanut butter has been in that class of foods that just doesn't have a palatable low fat alternative. Similar to the low fat versions of mayonnaise, cheeses, butter spreads and sour creams, the taste of low fat peanut butters left an awful lot to be desired. Better 'n Peanut Butter has undeniably remedied that and they have more than a few testimonials to prove it.
It is high in fat but it is also extremely high in protein so if you're working out, it will help you build muscle and raise your metabolism. If you don't get much exercise than it probably isn't a good idea but if you are building muscle and keeping track of your fat intake you should be fine a little peanut butter!