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Peanut Butter For A Protein Source?

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Some time ago there was a peanut butter craze that started among people with apparently very little knowledge of nutrition. Unsurprisingly this fad caught on quickly much like the Atkins diet boasting ridiculous theories basically amounting to “eat lots of fat and get healthy”. Peanut butter has no magical properties if you merely read the back of the label you should conclude that maybe peanut butter is not the best choice for protein.

The following are the average nutritional properties of peanut butter per 100 grams or 2/5 of a cup.

Calories per 100 gram serving: 589

Total fat: 49.94 grams
(449.46 calories from fat, 76% of the total calories in peanut butter)

Saturated fat: 9.58 grams
(86.22 calories, 15% of the total fat calories)

Monounsaturated fat: 23.56 grams
(212.04 calories, 36% of the total fat calories)

Polyunsaturated fat: 14.163 grams
(127.47 calories, 21% of the total fat calories)

Undefined fat sources: 2.64 grams
(23.73 calories, 4% of the total fat calories)

Carbohydrates: 21.59 grams
(86.36 calories, 15% of the total calories in peanut butter)

Protein: 24.05 grams
(96.2 calories, 16% of the total calories from peanut butter)

So we have more than twice the amount of fat per serving than protein, we are eating almost 600 calories to get 24 grams of protein. In addition protein that comes from a vegetable source (peanuts) are far lower in quality than animal protein sources. Who told you this was a good idea?

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