Peanut Butter and weight gain

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Critics point out that peanut butter is rich is fat that could lead to obesity and a host of diseases. How true is this?

A tablespoon has 100 calories.

But don’t allow the fear of fat spoil your appetite. The good news is that the fat in several nuts – like peanut butter – is largely monosaturated. That’s the sort that cleans your blood .

Furthermore,”defatted” roasted peanuts are now available for those who appreciate their waistline.

Not all supermarkets, however, carry the defatted version. For one, US regulations state that peanut butter has to be made up of 90 percent peanuts. Replacing the peanut oil with something less fattening may attract dieters and the health-conscious, but the concoction would not taste like peanut butter in any way.

So moderation is in order, particularly if you’re concerned about those additional pounds. Many processed brands are also high in sugar and salt so read the labels before purchasing a product.

“More than 80 percent of the fat in peanut oil is unsaturated, a sort that’s known not to raise blood cholesterol levels. All the same, peanut oil has received substantial scrutiny since researchers in 1970 concluded it caused cholesterol to build up on artery walls. As it turned out, the researchers appear to have misinterpreted the nature of the artery damage they’d seen,” explained Mary Roach in Hippocrates magazine.

If you don’t consume the jar of peanut butter you purchased, there’s no need to worry. But before keeping yours in the fridge, use a good spoon to combine the peanut oil in natural products.

Indeed, all seems well with peanut butter until the aflatoxin frighten witch rocked the United States and some Asian countries a few years back. After reading about it in the newspapers, my world and those of other passionate peanut butter lovers suddenly came tumbling down.

Is there sufficient reason to be concerned about this aspect? Should we leave our love for the gooey stuff in view of printed reports that some brands contain high levels of aflatoxin – a potential carcinogen? Find out in the next part of this sequence.

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