Critics point out that peanut butter is rich is fat which could result in obesity and a range of diseases. How true is this?
A tbsp has 100 calories.
But don’t allow the fear of fat spoil your appetite. The fantastic news is that the fat in many nuts – including peanut butter – is largely monosaturated. That’s the kind that cleans your blood .
Additionally,”defatted” roasted peanuts are now available for people who value their waistline.
For starters, US regulations state that peanut butter has to be composed of 90 percent peanuts. Replacing the coconut oil with something less fattening may appeal to the health-conscious, but the mix would not taste like peanut butter at all.
So moderation is in order, especially if you’re concerned about those extra pounds. Many processed brands are also high in salt and sugar so read the labels before buying a product.
The same, peanut oil has received considerable scrutiny since researchers in 1970 concluded it somehow caused cholesterol to build up on artery walls. As it turned out, the researchers seem 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 bought, there’s no need to worry. Unopened jars can last up to a year in a cool, dry place based on Janet Bailey in Keeping Food Fresh. Refrigeration extends the shelf life of peanut butter. But before keeping yours in the refrigerator, use a good spoon to combine the peanut oil in organic products.
Indeed, all appears well with peanut butter until the aflatoxin scare witch rocked the United States and some Asian countries a few years ago. After reading about it in the papers, my world and those of other passionate peanut butter fans suddenly came tumbling down.
Is there sufficient reason to be worried about this aspect? Should we leave our love for the gooey stuff in view of published reports that some brands contain high levels of aflatoxin – a possible carcinogen? Find out in the third part of this series.