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Posted by: Stacey | 2009/11/24

Peanut Butter

Hi Doc

Im very confused about peanut butter , is there a place for it in a weight loss diet ? The fat content seems so high , while i understand it has nuts in the saturated fats is high . Some diets incl peanut butter as protein . While i know that if you have peanut butter on wholewhat piece of bread it will provide all 8 amino acids but i cant get over the high fat content.

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Dear Stacey
Peanut butter is an excellent food being rich in plant protein (24.6 g per 100g) and monounsaturated fats (20,4 g/100g)(NOT saturated fats!) which protect the heart. It is also free of cholesterol. Because of its high total fat content (50g/100g) and energy content (2460 kJ per 100g), it should be eaten in small quantities if you are trying to lose weight. For example if you spread 2 teaspoons (10g) on a slice of wholewheat bread (omitting margarine or dairy butter because the peanut butter provides sufficient fat), then you would be consuming 246 kJ which represent only 4% of your daily energy intake when you are slimming. Peanut butter can, therefore, be used successfully in slimming diets provided you do not eat large amounts.
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DietDoc

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Posted by: DietDoc | 2009/11/25

Dear Stacey
Peanut butter is an excellent food being rich in plant protein (24.6 g per 100g) and monounsaturated fats (20,4 g/100g)(NOT saturated fats!) which protect the heart. It is also free of cholesterol. Because of its high total fat content (50g/100g) and energy content (2460 kJ per 100g), it should be eaten in small quantities if you are trying to lose weight. For example if you spread 2 teaspoons (10g) on a slice of wholewheat bread (omitting margarine or dairy butter because the peanut butter provides sufficient fat), then you would be consuming 246 kJ which represent only 4% of your daily energy intake when you are slimming. Peanut butter can, therefore, be used successfully in slimming diets provided you do not eat large amounts.
Enjoy
DietDoc

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