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Posted by: Nutty | 2011/01/13

Peanut Butter

Hi Doc,

Is it ok to incorporate peanut butter in one''s diet if they want to lose a little weight and get some muscle definition. I usually use it as part of a mid-morning snack every day? If so, how much can I use?

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Dear Nutty
You can use peanut butter in a slimming diet provided you use it as a fat serving. Most slimming diets with a reduced fat content recommend that one should not have more than 1 teaspoon or 5 g of a fat per serving and only 35 g of fat in total per day (thus 2,5 tablespoons of fat per day). 1 tablespoon of 15 g = 3 teaspoons of 5 g. If you also have some margarine or oil each day then you would probably not be able to eat more than 2 t of peanut butter daily. Peanut butter is an excellent food, but it is relatively rich in fat (although the fat is mainly monounsaturated fat which is beneficial to health) and high in energy (50 g fat and 2460 kJ per 100g, which translates to 5 g fat and 246 kJ per 2 teaspoons).
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DietDoc

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Posted by: DietDoc | 2011/01/13

Dear Nutty
You can use peanut butter in a slimming diet provided you use it as a fat serving. Most slimming diets with a reduced fat content recommend that one should not have more than 1 teaspoon or 5 g of a fat per serving and only 35 g of fat in total per day (thus 2,5 tablespoons of fat per day). 1 tablespoon of 15 g = 3 teaspoons of 5 g. If you also have some margarine or oil each day then you would probably not be able to eat more than 2 t of peanut butter daily. Peanut butter is an excellent food, but it is relatively rich in fat (although the fat is mainly monounsaturated fat which is beneficial to health) and high in energy (50 g fat and 2460 kJ per 100g, which translates to 5 g fat and 246 kJ per 2 teaspoons).
Enjoy
DietDoc

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