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Old 09-11-2013, 11:16 PM   #1
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Peanut Butter as Source of Protein - Good or Bad Idea?

I've started making PB&J shakes in between meals pretty often lately, and I've found they keep me full a lot longer than normal protein shakes. I know peanut butter is relatively high in fat, but I'm under the impression that fat from nuts isn't as bad as animal fat, correct? So is it a bad idea to be eating a sh!t ton of peanut butter on a regular basis?
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Old 09-11-2013, 11:28 PM   #2
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Bad idea, plant based protein is incomplete, you want to have variety and everything in moderation.

I eat a ton of nuts/seeds, but from different sources; almond butter, sunflower butter, and tahini (sesame butter). Peanut butter is ok, but it's less healthy compared to aforementioned butters (based on nutritional contents like minerals, vitamins, etc..). Just grab an almond butter nutrition label and compare it to peanut butter.

Don't forget to add chia and flax seed; they're power houses.
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I've heard it's ok, only if you get the natural stuff without any additives. To completely rely on, not so much, but good to keep you from starving and snacking on other things.
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Peanut Butter as Source of Protein - Good or Bad Idea?

Use all natural peanut butter (less ft and sugar) and make it with milk. Both of those have a decent amount of protein. I wouldn't rely on it as my only source of protein though.


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Try and think of a complete protein as something containing all the essential acids. This would be things like whey protein, animal meat etc.

On the flip side, you have incomplete proteins like those from peanuts (which are actually a legume, similar to beans). On their own they are incomplete, but when paired with other incomplete proteins that are complementary, the body essentially gets the same benefit. That's why a pb&j sandwich is a complete source of protein, the gluten in the bread and the protein in the pb together contain all the essential amino acids.

I still think it is best to get your minimum daily requirements from complete sources of protein, and then any incomplete proteins you digest just come as a bonus.
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Oh and please don't fear animal fat, there's nothing wrong with it.
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Don't overthink it. All natty PB is fine and makes for a damn good shake with ON Whey.
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Try and think of a complete protein as something containing all the essential acids. This would be things like whey protein, animal meat etc.

On the flip side, you have incomplete proteins like those from peanuts (which are actually a legume, similar to beans). On their own they are incomplete, but when paired with other incomplete proteins that are complementary, the body essentially gets the same benefit. That's why a pb&j sandwich is a complete source of protein, the gluten in the bread and the protein in the pb together contain all the essential amino acids.

I still think it is best to get your minimum daily requirements from complete sources of protein, and then any incomplete proteins you digest just come as a bonus.
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Oh and please don't fear animal fat, there's nothing wrong with it.


Consider peanut butter more of a healthy fat source than a protein source.
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I eat meat at all 3 meals 4-5x a week. I was talking purely from a health standpoint because it's relatively high in fat.
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Oh and please don't fear animal fat, there's nothing wrong with it.
I got so excited when I saw him say that lol

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Consider peanut butter more of a healthy fat source than a protein source.
exactly.

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I eat meat at all 3 meals 4-5x a week. I was talking purely from a health standpoint because it's relatively high in fat.
Hang around here for a bit longer and you will look back at this comment and see that high fat does not equal unhealthy.

Obviously anecdotal but my blood work came back amazing after a year of eating high fat. Probably more than most obese people lol. Just because it's the same word as the flab on people's stomach does not mean it will become it if consumed.
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I eat meat at all 3 meals 4-5x a week. I was talking purely from a health standpoint because it's relatively high in fat.
the fact that it's high in fat only means that it's a relatively high-calorie food, which means that you should exercise more portion control than you would with something low-calorie (e.g. most fruits and vegetables). so long as the portion of pb you're eating fits within your daily caloric intake, the fat content doesn't matter too much.
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I love how all of us are becoming so knowledgable! Such a big improvement over past while.
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I have a few spoon fulls of peanut butter, instead of cookies and milk, for night snacks.
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