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Why I’ll Never Buy Powdered Peanut Butter

By March 23, 2017Eat, Nutrition

Powdered peanut butter has drawn consumers in with tantalizing nutritional claims85% 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. 

Some may be trying to lose weight and think that regular peanut butter is too fattening. Others may just have general fears of eating such a calorically dense food as peanut butter.

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?

Allowing yourself to eat anything – in moderation – is part of a healthy diet and a healthy mindset. Nothing good ever comes from putting foods off limits

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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Author Kelsey Jesaitis

Kelsey is a sophomore at Binghamton University in New York studying psychology. Some things she loves includes: taking spin classes, going on hikes, eating ice cream, and baking all kinds of fun desserts. If she's not in class or studying, she's probably at the gym or watching Parks and Rec on Netflix.

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