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Peanut Butter - Is Low Fat Better?
Created on 4/26/2013

A big shout out to B who asked if low fat peanut butter is really a healthy option as I indicated in a recent Harris Teeter circular - a really good question!

B points out that most of the low fat varieties of peanut butter remove a little fat and in place put in something called maltodextrin - a carbohydrate. Not necessarily healthier for you.

But peanut butter, even the low fat varieties, can be part of an overall healthy nutrition plan when eaten in moderation.

While you may prefer the taste of the low fat varieties, or just feel better about eating them, you're still better off eating uncomplicated varieties that contain just peanuts, or at most peanuts and a little salt.

In moderation.

Better yet - try some almond or cashew butter.

In the weekly circular, I go back and forth when it comes to noting peanut butter as a healthy choice - it does represent a reasonably healthy option when eaten in moderation, but shouldn't be eaten every day - even though there are healthy fats present it's still high in fat, and some products contain a lot more than just peanuts...

I don't want to "scare" people away from peanut butter by not offering a yourwellness check. As with many foods there are shades of gray when it comes to peanut butter and health.

And in those instances moderation is often the way to go.

Recently I gave a lower fat variety of peanut butter a healthy choice check in our circular - and B called me on it - AWESOME! I like it when our shoppers keep me honest.

Bottom line - full fat peanut butter is a healthier option than lower fat varieties, although even low fat peanut butters are okay to eat on occasion. Other nut butters such as cashew and almond butter are even healthier choices that also taste good.

If ever you have questions about what I've marked as a healthy choice in the Harris Teeter circular please send me a note and I'll address your question in this blog.

Kudos to B! A great question, one I hope I have clarified.

Be well.
Dr. Russ
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