Is Peanut Butter Fattening
Answering The Question: Is Peanut Butter Fattening?
That's a good question if you're trying to lose weight or eat lots of peanut butter. Most nuts are fattening, but while it obviously makes good sense to avoid fattening foods while trying to lose weight, or trying to avoid putting more on, few nutritionists would argue that one should eliminate peanuts or any nuts from their diet.
The peanut is of course a legume and not a nut, but is most often placed, for good reason, in the nut category. Peanuts and peanut butter are outrageously nutritious, and can have a place in any diet, whether weight reduction is the goal or not. Natural peanut butter contains only peanuts, and perhaps a dash of salt. Natural peanut butter should not harm anyone (except those having a peanut allergy). Even peanut butter products to which palm oil has been added are safe to eat. The problem here is that some confuse palm oil, which is partially saturated, with palm kernel oil, which is not particularly healthy. Palm oil is used as a stabilizer, which means that if you leave your peanut butter in the refrigerator for a few weeks, it won't separate into a jar containing a layer of oil sitting on top of a layer of gunk. This situation is of course not harmful, and is remedied by stirring the peanut butter with a spoon. All the palm oil does is relieve you of the task of having to stir peanut butter that has been left sitting for awhile.
Obviously the statement will not hold true for those who have an allergy to peanuts and must avoid them at all costs, but for the rest of the population, peanut butter makes a wonderful addition to most any diet.
Cookies Might Be - First of all, as fattening as peanut butter may be, most of us will never eat a jar, or much more than a tablespoon full in a single sitting. As much as we may like peanut butter sandwiches or peanut butter cookies, we rarely eat more than a single peanut butter sandwich in a day, or more than 3 or 4 peanut butter cookies (unless the wife isn't watching). When you're on a diet, no matter what the instructions are, unless you're under medical care you'll probably benefit in the long run eating a little peanut butter from time to time, if only because of its nutritional benefits. As far as the fat in peanuts is concerned, it is largely unsaturated or mono saturated fat, and not the artery-clogging type, unless something has been added to the final product.
Is peanut butter fattening or bad for you? In the not-to-distant past, there were reports that peanut butter would not only cause you to put on pounds, but would elevate your cholesterol levels as well. Neither report turned out to be true, just as the advice that we limit the amount of eggs we eat to two a week turned out to be groundless.
Is Peanut Butter Fattening? - There are those who put on weight simply by thinking about a fattening food, and avoid eating peanut butter and may even avoid the low fat peanut butter products, or the so-called "defatted" roasted peanuts. The bottom line would seem to be, if you're on a diet, or simply want to avoid putting on excess pounds, don't leave peanut butter out of your diet for that reason. Its nutritional benefits far outweigh the possibility of adding a few ounces on your frame, a possibility which is really quite small. If you'll feel better using low-fat or natural peanut butter, that of course is perfectly all right. You'll get the nutritional value plus a little peace of mind as well.