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Is eating peanut butter a healthy choice?

Layne Lieberman, MS, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics
Eating peanut butter is a healthy choice, because it contains lots of protein, vitamin E and good fats. In this video, culinary nutritionist Layne Lieberman, RD, explains the benefits of eating peanut butter, and tips to consider when buying it.
Sari Greaves
Nutrition & Dietetics
Nutrition specialist Sari Greaves explains whether or not peanut butter is a healthy choice. Watch Sari's video for tips and information on healthy diet and nutrition.
Kate Myerson
Nutrition & Dietetics
Peanut butter can be a healthy choice because it contains healthy fats called monounsaturated fatty acids.

It is worth looking at the ingredients because some of the brand name peanut butters contain small amounts of trans fats which is an unhealthy fat that we want to avoid completely if we can. The nutrition label may say 0 grams of trans fat but if the ingredients say partially or fully hydrogenated oil there can be less than .5 grams of trans fats in each serving. If we eat more than one serving which is not hard with peanut butter then you may get 1 gram or more of trans fats.

All you need to do is look at the ingredients next time you buy peanut butter. And not to worry, you don't need to go to a health food store to find it; you'll find it in the peanut butter aisle with all the others. 
Lona Sandon
Nutrition & Dietetics
Peanut butter can be a healthy choice. The type of fat in peanut butter is mainly a combination of polyunsaturated fat and monounsaturated fat. These are the heart healthy fats. Peanut butter can also be a good alternative to animal protein. One tablespoon has about 7 grams of protein. Peanuts and peanut butter also have staying power. Keep you feeling full longer.

Some of my favorite ways to enjoy peanut butter is stirred into hot oatmeal or smeared on a whole grain English muffin.

For some fun recipes with peanuts and peanut butter, visit the National Peanut Board website: http://www.nationalpeanutboard.org/recipes.php
Jessica Crandall
Nutrition & Dietetics
Peanut butter is a good source of healthy fat and contains protein. However, because peanuts are high in fat, peanut butter should be consumed in limited amounts. A serving size of peanut butter is 2 tablespoons which contains approximately 180-200, 16 grams of fat and 8 grams of protein. A healthy snack should include carbohydrates and protein. In order to get a good amount of protein from peanut butter, you need to eat a 2 tablespoon serving. Although it is a good source of protein and fat, too much can be a bad thing as indicated by the nutritional information above. It is important to measure it out in order to keep it in the healthy range you are striving for. Natural peanut butter is the best choice. Make sure to read the label and try to stay away from those brands that contain hydrogenated oils and added sugars.

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