Peanut Butter

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26/01/2011 at 12:53

New to running. Adjusted my diet accordingly and in habit of eating 3 or 4 peanut butter sandwiches a week (but eat a lot of healthy stuff too and train in various ways each week).

 I used to be of the belief that peanut butter was bad for you. Is this correct? Should i be wary of how much peanut butter I eat or is there no worry as long as I'm on the move all the time?


26/01/2011 at 12:56

There's a lot of fat in peanut butter, but also protein.  Depends how much you put in the sandwich!

If it wasn't making you fat before, then I don't think continuing with it will do you any harm.

26/01/2011 at 13:40

Peanut butter is good for you - 3 or 4 peanut butter sarnies a week is hardly going to kill you. Lots of goodly stuff in peanuts.

I eat nuts by the bucket load - all different varieties though, except for macadamias which I don't like.


26/01/2011 at 13:42

Hi Sk1ns

As WIkie says, there is a fair amount of fat in peanut butter but it is generally low in saturated fats and full of 'good fats' i.e unsaturated ones.

The protein content is really high per 100g, like most nuts, so it's definetely beneficial for muscle repair/growth.

I'd keep on having it, I get through a load of the stuff!  

My only recommendation would be to get a good peanut butter with not much added ingredients, stay away from those with added sugars/salts and other nonsense eg Sun Pat & Supermarket own!  I go with Whole Earth Natural Crunchy one (nuts, sea salt & palm oil) but for the absolute purists H&B stock Meridian peanut butter which is just peanuts in their natural oil

After writing that, I quite fancy some now actually!

Edited: 26/01/2011 at 13:43
26/01/2011 at 14:34
No butter in peanut butter, weird..
26/01/2011 at 14:40
I'm allergic to peanuts but can confirm that bagels with almond butter are quite possibly the best thing ever....
26/01/2011 at 14:54
Almond butter that, sounds seriously addictive.
26/01/2011 at 14:59

Ditto all of the above, especially the advice to opt for a peanut butter that has minimal/no additives. That way you get all the benefit of the nuts without loading up on added salt, sugar and fat

I love peanut butter and will happily just grab a spoon and dig in

26/01/2011 at 15:05
+1 on the almond butter recommendation too.  I can't remember exactly what, but there's something in almond butter that helps with repairing runners' joints, and it isn't in peanut butter.
26/01/2011 at 15:09

Allegedly**  almonds are the best nuts for runners

**Meaning I can't be arsed to go and find anything to back this up but I am sure I have read it somewhere recently....!

Almond butter is VERY addictive...might have to go and eat some now!

26/01/2011 at 15:11

My name is Crazy Diamond and I'm a peanut butter addict.  Meridian butter is lush but I have a  real soft spot for Whole Earth.  Or if you fancy branching out a bit and can find a stockist (I may be able to help with that later in the year)

26/01/2011 at 16:00
Have no fear CD i think your amongst like-minded people here.
26/01/2011 at 16:10

Actually, I prefer the less healthy varieties myself.  There's just not enough salt in peanut butter these days!

I don't buy it, because I can't be trusted to be sensible with it

I don't think I'd better try almond butter.

26/01/2011 at 17:12
I'm the same Wilkie, not normally allowed it but was given peanut, almond and cashew nut butter for Christmas. Nom. nommity, nom, nom.
26/01/2011 at 17:17
Kate, is there any left??
26/01/2011 at 17:45

Been saving the best until last, cracking into the almond tomorrow. Jan diet gone badly...

26/01/2011 at 17:54
Good effort!!
LIVERBIRD    pirate
26/01/2011 at 19:27

I'll leave off both peanut and almond butter because I spend enough time annoying A&E as it is.

Now PUMPKIN seed butter - that's where its at...

26/01/2011 at 19:32
Peanut butter on its own makes me puke as does the smell - peanut butter on wholemeal with banana - gorgeous
LIVERBIRD    pirate
26/01/2011 at 19:33
Maddy - you dirty bird!
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