Sunday, 18 November 2007

Peanut butter: nutritious or not?

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I like a little peanut butter now and then, especially smeared on a few multi-grain crackers. My kids like peanut butter too, and a banana with a light coating of peanut butter is a common snack in our household. Is this creamy treat good for us, though, considering a serving contains about 14 grams of fat? Here are a few thinking points, compliments of Prevention magazine and this article, to help us determine whether or not peanut butter is a keeper.

It seems peanut butter is a good source of protein. It has eight grams, in fact, in every serving. It's also a good source of the antioxidant vitamin E, with 3 mg per serving. Peanut butter does have some fat, but it's the mono-unsaturated type and that makes it A-OK. If you want to skimp on some fat, though, you can always opt for the low-fat peanut butters, but this will only save you two grams or so and the calorie-content is not much lower either. Two issues to consider about peanut butter are the added sugars and the sodium portions, which might be a problem for some people.

I'm making the call that peanut butter is a pretty nutritious food item, in small doses anyway. What's your call?

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