Peanut Butter Diet (cont’d)

December 1, 2002

Nutritionists do worry that once you start eating something like peanut butter or chocolate you won’t be able to stop? But one nutritionist stressed that addicts have to maintain a well-balanced diet and move peanut butter from the ‘no’ list to the ‘it’s okay’ list. Like anyone who has tried to give something up you may find that your cravings will only hit occasionally and when they do, try a day or two of the Peanut Butter Diet to help curb those cravings and gaining any undue weight.A recent study at Pennsylvania State University in the US proved last year that diets high in peanuts and rich in monounsaturated fat were just as good at lowering total cholesterol as very low fat diets. But frighteningly a low fat diet raised heart threatening triglycerides by 11 percent while the peanut butter diet lowered them by 13 percent. This one is very surprising because the Peanut Butter Diet actually lowered heart disease risk by a huge 21 percent while the very low fat diet lowered the risk by only 12 percent. One of the lead researchers from this study says, ” Our study shows that people can eat some of their favourite foods, such as peanuts and peanut butter and achieve even better results than with a low-fat diet.”

An example of The Peanut Butter Diet


In a blender, whip together 1 cup fat-free milk, 1 small ripe banana, 2 tbsps toasted wheat germ and 2 tablespoons peanut butter.


A mixed green salad with ? cup kidney beans and a small chopped pear with 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil, 2 tsp balsamic vinegar, ? tsp dried basil, and a sprinkle of garlic powder. 1 slice of multi-grain bread.


Stir-fry 2 oz lean pork tenderloin with ? cup each snow peas, broccoli and slievered red bell peppers in 1 tsp peanut oil. Season with 1 Tbsp low-fat soy sauce and 1 tsp Asian five spice powder. Serve with ? cup brown rice.

Snacks you can have with peanut butter

  • Celery stuffed with 2 tbsp of peanut butter.
  • Fill large dates with peanut butter.
  • Toast a whole-wheat muffin with peanut butter.

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