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Posted by: Christelle | 2011-02-09

Peanut butter

How fattening is peanut butter and jam? together and apart
also how fattening is 2min noodles? are any of these advisable on a diet or totally taboo

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Dear Christelle
As mentioned to a Reader yesterday, the SA Food Tables list the energy and fat contents of peanut butter as 2460 kJ and 50g fat per 100 g. On average jam provides 1115 kJ and no fat per 100g. Peanut better with it's high fat content has a much higher energy content, which once again supports the view that to lose weight you need to reduce your fat intake. So let's say you use 1 teaspoon or 5 g of peanut butter and 1 teaspoon of jam (also 5 g) on your bread, then that will amount to 123 kJ from the peanut butter and 56 kJ from the jam, which produces a total of 179 kJ.
I don't have the energy content of 2 minute noodles, but don't think they will be high in kJ. They do, however, have a high glycaemic index (GI) so they won't satisfy you for long and could lead to food cravings. Provided eating anyone of these foods does not make you exceed your total energy intake for the day, you can eat small quantities of peanut butter or jam, and have 2 minute noodles as a snack even when slimming.
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Posted by: DietDoc | 2011-02-09

Dear Christelle
As mentioned to a Reader yesterday, the SA Food Tables list the energy and fat contents of peanut butter as 2460 kJ and 50g fat per 100 g. On average jam provides 1115 kJ and no fat per 100g. Peanut better with it's high fat content has a much higher energy content, which once again supports the view that to lose weight you need to reduce your fat intake. So let's say you use 1 teaspoon or 5 g of peanut butter and 1 teaspoon of jam (also 5 g) on your bread, then that will amount to 123 kJ from the peanut butter and 56 kJ from the jam, which produces a total of 179 kJ.
I don't have the energy content of 2 minute noodles, but don't think they will be high in kJ. They do, however, have a high glycaemic index (GI) so they won't satisfy you for long and could lead to food cravings. Provided eating anyone of these foods does not make you exceed your total energy intake for the day, you can eat small quantities of peanut butter or jam, and have 2 minute noodles as a snack even when slimming.
Best regards
DietDoc

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