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  • #16
    Originally posted by kathleen View Post
    It's a legume. From what I hear, almond butter is a great alternative (I'm allergic) and I also use sunbutter (sunflower seeds) which tastes quite nicely in comparison to peanut butter.
    Almond butter is also loaded with toxic PUFAs. All nuts should be avoided for optimal long-term health.

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    • #17
      If you don't react to it and you don't overdo it, it's up to you. I see lots of people on this forum regularly eating things that make them sick because they are part of their "20%".

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Damiana View Post
        For purists, it's not a nut, it's a legume and not allowed. For the health-conscious, the toxins and omega-6 counts are terrible. For those with a binge eating problem, it's a highly calorie dense food that's designed to be salty-sweet-fat and utterly easy to overeat and hard to stop.

        Mark wrote about it.

        Is Peanut Butter Healthy? | Mark's Daily Apple
        This exactly. There is a reason that most peanut butter is about a third of the price of other real nut butters - it's crap.
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        • #19
          I gave it up a year ago. It was hard; we grew up on the stuff.
          Now, when I have half an apple, I smear a little org macadamia nut butter on the slices.
          Not the same greasy goodness, but a good substitute.
          When we finish the latest jar of mac butter, I'm giving that up, too.

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          • #20
            As I was reading through some of the comments on Mark's entry, I came across someone who mentioned that blueberries warmed up with some almond butter tastes great. I have both (blueberries and almond butter) and decided to try it out.

            My 6 year old: "Can I try a bite of that?"
            Me: "sure."
            6 year old: "What is it?"
            Me: "Almond Butter and blueberries."
            6 year old: "Wow, well it tastes like candy to me!! There is no sugar added though, wow!"
            Me: "LOL" :-)

            I guess when the kids are looking for a treat I can whip some of this stuff up! And I have to say, even though she said it tasted like candy, she only took about 3 bites and then happily went on her way - so not necessarily addictive. I felt the same. It tasted good, but I wouldn't eat it if I wasn't hungry.

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            • #21
              Peanut butter tastes fantastic, but, yeah, it's not good for you. It's the only "nut" I can really tolerate

              My 6 year old: "Can I try a bite of that?"
              Me: "sure."
              6 year old: "What is it?"
              Me: "Almond Butter and blueberries."
              6 year old: "Wow, well it tastes like candy to me!! There is no sugar added though, wow!"
              Me: "LOL" :-)

              I guess when the kids are looking for a treat I can whip some of this stuff up! And I have to say, even though she said it tasted like candy, she only took about 3 bites and then happily went on her way - so not necessarily addictive. I felt the same. It tasted good, but I wouldn't eat it if I wasn't hungry.
              Have a hard time believing a 6 year old would say this or even care
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              • #22
                Yea, I had a primal slip a few months ago when some peanut butter appeared in our fridge. I managed to eat almost half the container with a boatload of raisins thinking it was fat, fruit, and natural. Too bad it was all 'mega 6ers.

                It really brought back some nostalgic feelings I used to get when eating PB&J, tasted just like it too.

                Then I realized I was using PB as a binge food because I had emotional triggers attached to the taste.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Derpamix View Post
                  Peanut butter tastes fantastic, but, yeah, it's not good for you. It's the only "nut" I can really tolerate


                  Have a hard time believing a 6 year old would say this or even care
                  Well, we JUST switched to primal eating, so I have been talking a lot about how we don't eat things with sugar added anymore.

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                  • #24
                    Not that much of a fan, anyway.

                    IMHO dark chocolate trumps any nut (or legume, whatever); would rather melt it over bananas than eat an apple with a spoonful of nut butter or whatever.
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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by pollo_la View Post
                      Well, we JUST switched to primal eating, so I have been talking a lot about how we don't eat things with sugar added anymore.
                      That's not cool at all
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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by s0meguy View Post
                        Just thought about this...

                        Pretty sure he does recommend nuts like almonds. Most paleos/primals don't seem to have much reservation about them.

                        Omega 6 Content of Common Foods 180 Degree Health

                        Almonds have only a slightly lower amount of omega 6. Pecans and pistacho's have about the same. I wonder if peanut butter is unjustly villified, or it is just some kind of fad. Or maybe we should start avoiding almonds and other high omega 6 nuts as well. Which pretty much rules out all nuts except for a few. But you never really hear anyone about that.
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                        The mould thing sounds icky. But I love peanut butter. In fact, I'm adding some to my breakfast smoothie shortly.
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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by s0meguy View Post
                          I wonder if peanut butter is unjustly villified, or it is just some kind of fad.
                          Aside from people who are already allergic to it and have known it all along, a lot fewer people seem to react than to, say, wheat or dairy. And the ones who do react seem to have less severe reactions.

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                          • #28
                            I only eat Brazil or Macadamia nuts once maybe in a month and I only buy 1/4 lb of them when I do.

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                            • #29
                              I like peanut flavor, and I don't have any problem buying organic raw peanuts, sprouting them, boiling them, and eating them. The farmers' market I go to usually sells them, and if the peanuts don't look like they've been sitting around a long time, I'll buy some. Don't see the big problem here...it's a real food?
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                              • #30
                                Honestly, not quite willing to ditch peanut butter, but I don't eat it daily, mainly on the weekends, and I substitute it for almond butter in a "bread" recipe that I have a few slices of throughout the week.

                                I would love to give almond butter a shot, but the only almond butter I can find locally has junk oils in it, and I figure natural peanut butter is the lesser of two evils.
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