Powder…The Next Generation of Peanut Butter

Quite often clients and fellow gym members seek nutritional advice; recently, the topic of powdered peanut butter was brought up. I read an article about the subject matter in the latest issue of Nutrition Action (not yet available online). Powdered peanut butter is not new to the nutrition scene, but its popularity seems to be on the rise and with that comes many questions.

If you love peanut butter, but despise the high caloric intake that comes with its consumption, then the latest production may be your solution; it has just a fraction of the fat content compared to its counterpart. You may be a little perplexed by this and categorize the consumption of peanuts in the powdered form as diehard as raw eggs after a workout; nonetheless, it is not as strange (or as hardcore) as it sounds. Several companies produce the product: Trader Joe’s Peanut Flour, FitNutz Peanut Butter Mix and most notably, Bell Plantations PB2.

The powder creation process is pretty straightforward. Manufacturers press the roasted peanuts (which removes roughly 85% of the oil) and only powder remains. In order to get the consistency of full oil peanut butter, water must be added and can be adjusted to your desired thickness. Alternatively, it can be mixed into shakes, oatmeal and yogurt, etc.

Does this mean you should not eat traditional peanut butter? Absolutely not. Healthy peanut butter, like unsalted Teddy, is a great product and highly recommended due to the beneficial monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (as well as nutrients) that are lost when roasted peanuts are pressed. Although this seems contradictory, it is not. You need dietary fats during the course of each day. If you were to eat all of your protein through peanut butter, your caloric intake through fat would be too high. It is advantageous to eat unsalted natural peanut butter over its powdered predecessor if you do not typically consume an appropriate balance of good fats.

The downside to powdered peanut butter, beyond the lost nutrients and healthy fats described above, is that powder tends to be more expensive than its full oil counterpart. Also, some manufacturers add unnecessary salt, sugar and/or chocolate. The list of ingredients should only contain roasted peanuts.

Not all peanut butter is created equal. For those peanut butterholics, this is a great alternative to avoid unnecessary calories. Want to know how much fat you need on a daily basis or healthier alternatives to certain foods? Contact Dan at (978) 807-8579 or visit seachangefit.com to learn more.

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