P is for Peanut Butter

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Monique Nelson

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Monique Nelson is the founder, chief organizer and editor at Choose To Cook, and is highly motivated to help people of the world take charge of their health through simple and delicious nutritional changes.
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I am addicted to Peanut Butter. I cannot get enough of it. Right now, I honestly don’t want anything to do with any food that doesn’t involve my beloved peanut butter. Being addicted to Peanut Butter is better than being addicted to cigarettes, for example, but it is still kind of a problem. This post is going to serve as my braindump, so to speak, helping me get a handle on my addiction so that I can start making healthier, more well-rounded food choices.

First of all, I need to admit to you why I think I actually have a valid problem. When I say I can’t get enough peanut butter, I mean that I don’t want to stop eating ever, because I just want more and more peanut butter. I’ll give you an example. This is what I ate yesterday:

  • Breakfast: two Demptster’s multi-grain bagels, toasted, covered in peanut butter and sprinkled with cinnamon. TWO. Two is a lot of bagel, but one was not enough.
  • Snack: carrot sticks dipped in peanut butter. I basically ate until I couldn’t shove any more through my mouth.
  • Lunch: two more bagels…yup. I’m not exaggerating. I started with one this time though, but I went back for a second as soon as I was done the first.
  • Snack: peanut butter and jam smoothie. I’ll do a recipe post for this eventually, but basically it is peanut butter, frozen berries and almond milk.
  • Dinner: stir-fry in…you guessed it, peanut sauce!

I’m not even faking this friends, that was my Sunday diet. I hope now you’ll agree, I have a problem. There are pros and cons to Peanut Butter, which I’ll list below. To start, I would like to affirm that the type of Peanut Butter I enjoy most is 100% Organic Peanuts, so it is at least the best of the best, in my opinion. I personally buy this kind: New World Foods Peanut Butter, Smooth Unsalted Organic, 1Kg, as you can get through Amazon to the right (affiliate link).

Pros of Peanut Butter

  • It’s delicious, filling and satiating
  • A source of healthy fat, key in a Vegan diet
  • It contains fiber, which is great for digestion
  • A great source of protein, also key in a Vegan diet
  • It’s a reasonable to good source of Vitamins and Minerals, such as Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Zinc, Selenium, Folate, Manganese, Magnesium and Vitamins B-3, B-5, B-6 and E
  • Easy – just about anything you make that involves peanut butter is pretty simple

Cons of too much Peanut Butter

  • It’s too delicious, I lose all control of my will
  • A source of a lot of fat, not great in any diet
  • It is a high-calorie indulgence, when compared to other nutrient dense options (like broccoli)
  • It’s a gateway addiction to other, less desirable items (such as too many bagels)
  • Expensive – when you’re eating mass quantities, it adds up, especially the all nut organic variety
  • A lot of people are allergic to it, which makes me and my house a danger zone

When it comes down to it, there are much worse things I could indulge in. As a general rule, I believe Peanut Butter to be very healthy. But if I can’t start controlling myself and exhibiting a bit of restraint, I know I will be on a dangerous path.

What do you think? Do you eat Peanut Butter in your daily life? Is it addicting, or easy to say no to? Leave your thoughts and comments below and don’t forget to sign up for my Daily Email list for updates and cooking inspiration!

Post Author: Monique Nelson

Monique Nelson is the founder, chief organizer and editor at Choose To Cook, and is highly motivated to help people of the world take charge of their health through simple and delicious nutritional changes.

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