Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Peanut... Peanut Butter!

Today, I would like to talk about peanut butter.  I LOVE peanut butter!  There are so many different kinds of peanut butter, though.  How do you know what to choose?  There are a few things to look at:
  • Serving Size
  • Calorie Count
  • Amount of Protein
  • Ingredients
Let's start with serving size.  For peanut butter, it varies, but it's usually 1-2 tablespoons.  The serving size and calorie count are directly linked.  If the serving size is 1 tablespoon and the calorie count is 200 calories, that jar may not be the best choice.  However, if the serving size is 2 tablespoons and the calorie count is 210 calories, that's about as good as it gets for peanut butter.
You want the amount of protein to be as high as possible.  A really good peanut butter choice will have at least 5 grams of protein per serving.  The higher the protein, the better.
The ingredients are what can really kill you.  If you see hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated anything on the ingredient list: run away.  Same goes for high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, partially modified anything, etc.
Here is my favorite choice:  Adam's Natural Peanut Butter.  There are two ingredients: peanuts and salt.  The salt content is extremely low, though.  The serving size is 2 tablespoons and it has 210 calories and 8 grams of protein.  Stir it up, then put it in the refrigerator so you don't have to stir it again.

1 comment:

  1. oh man...I really love peanut butter too. It is one of my weaknesses. I've never heard of this kind. I'll have to give it a try.

    I just got some almond butter from Costco. It has a slightly different taste, but still really good. The ingredients are dry roasted almonds. That's it. 190 calories for 2 Tbsp. and 7 g of protein and 16 g of fat.