Q: Hii ❤ i love eating peanut butter.. But i’m trying to stay on the healthy \ lose weight side (almost December🙊 ) so should i look at the amount of kilojoules or sugar. Sometimes the kjs are less but the amount of sugar is more or more kj and less sugar? 🙈
A: I like this question!
Man cannot live without peanut/nut butter hahah (unless you have nut allergies ofcourse, eek!)..high healthy fat content and good source of protein, keeps you full and its tasty! However, don’t just grab any ol’ jar off the shelf..it is absolutely all about the type of peanut/nut butter you choose! Firstly, if you can afford it, switch to nut butter such as almond, cashew or macadamia. Less acidity and more nutritional value than ordinary peanuts, also higher in fibre and Vit- E! You can even make your own! Roast 2 Cups raw unsalted almonds (cashew or macadamia) for 15min at 180Deg, this releases oils and flavour, then blitz in a blender until you get the texture you are after..yum!
Now back to facts. If you have choose between kj VS sugar, always always pick lower sugar!!! Kilojoules on the label are often inaccurate, secondly, if you are an active person then you need kj’s (in moderation of course) but sugar is a nasty nasty piece of work that has a massive impact on your entire system, including your immune system and fat percentage! No fun being skinny but super sickly, right?
So, in short..EAT THAT PEANUT BUTTER (in moderation, 1-2tbsp per day, depending on activity level)..
My favourite choices are
- Homemade nut butter (almond, macadamia or cashew, all raw and unsalted because too much salt causes water retention)
- Nature’s choice peanut butter, often available at SPAR, PNP and dischem. Non GMO and tasty.
- Budget friendly option is black cat peanut butter with yellow lid Or yum yum Blue label, No added salt or sugar, but bear in mind, it still has both in!
I use it in energy bars, on oats for breakfast, on rye cracker, on apple wedges…(we like it, can you tell?)