Powdered peanut butter has drawn consumers in with tantalizing nutritional claims: 85% less fat than regular peanut butter, with two tablespoons at only 45 calories!
85% less fat? Sounds more like 85% less nutritional value to me.
I think anyone (who doesn’t have a peanut allergy) can – and should – eat regular peanut butter. Nobody should trade a wholesome food for a processed alternative just to save some calories.
The process of making these products involves pressing roasted peanuts to expel all of the oil, then they are ground into a fine powder. The result ends up being just protein and fiber. You might think this is a good thing, because protein and fiber are important parts of a well-rounded diet right? Well, so are healthy fats. The problem with powdered peanut butter products is that all of the heart-healthy, beneficial fats peanuts have to offer are completely stripped away.
Natural peanut butters (the ones without added hydrogenated oils) offer a wide array of health benefits. The combination of 8 grams of monounsaturated fat and 4 grams of polyunsaturated fat, plus 8 grams of protein packs a punch! The ratio of these nutrients in a serving provides a satisfying addition to any diet.
Not only that, but what’s more satisfying than just eating a spoonful of peanut butter straight out of the jar?
Check out this article to learn even more about the benefits of eating peanut butter.
I hope next time you find yourself in the nut butter section of the grocery store that you make the right choice, and choose a wholesome variety that your body truly craves, not a low calorie substitute.
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