Fat-free Peanut Butter

Narayani Karthik Mar 12, 2019
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Peanut butter - Every child's favorite! This is a very common sandwich spread consumed as a part of the daily diet! But then, fat-free peanut butter sounds even more alluring in this diet conscious world. Here, we will discuss this delicious spread...
"Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love" ~ Charlie Brown
Peanut butter - The word itself awakens the taste buds and incites hunger pangs in the stomach. You find it in most confectionery items such as cookies, brownies, porridge, cakes, jams, jellies and what not!
A delightful taste and a good nutritional value is enough for people to make it a part of their daily diet. But then the thought of fats does not let us enjoy what we like to eat! Relax! Every problem comes with a solution!

Nutritional Value of Fat-free Peanut Butter

It is a delectable paste made from a minimum 90% dry roasted peanuts.
This usually contains other substitutes as well such as salt, sugar and emulsifiers like hydrogenated vegetable oils. It is a part and parcel of every household.
When it comes to peanut butter nutrition, there is a lot of good news! Its unsaturated fats are said to mitigate the risks of heart diseases and its vitamin B3 content increases the good cholesterol levels. Also, it is a good source of protein and dietary fiber supplements with low carbohydrate contents and hence, earn a worthy place in the kitchen cabinet.
The high contents of resveratrol in peanut butter has proved to exhibit anti cancer properties. However, trans fats in hydrogenated oils used in emulsifying peanut butter, pose risks of obesity, high cholesterol and other cardio afflictions. It's added to emulsify the peanut butter and to prevent separation of peanut oil from paste and retain its freshness.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) however, labels peanut butter to be free of trans fats because the amount of the saturated fats is less than a gram. 2 tbsp of normal peanut butter has about 190 calories. It's a high protein supplement, but too much of protein, when not utilized, gets stored as fats. Hence, it led to the idea of making substitutes.

Substitutes for Fat-free Peanut Butter

There have been many substitutes for peanut butter, one of them is the PB2 powdered peanut butter. The lip smacking taste is retained in powder form with fat content reduced to around 75%. Mixing it with water brings in the same consistency as that of a regular peanut butter. It's also used in garnishing of pastas and as a baking ingredient in cake recipes.
Calorie wise, 2 tbsp of PB2 powdered peanut butter contains 54 calories. Now this sure is a welcome break for all the health conscious people out there! Also, the cooks have a reason to be happy as it complements as a great cooking ingredient and brings out the same aromatic flavor as that in normal peanut butter recipes.
This product has been widely used in preparing peanut butter frosting, ice creams, pancakes, waffles, milkshakes, noodles and pastas. It is also sprinkled on fish and chicken salads to enhance the flavor and aroma. Not to miss, it plays a substantial role in the making of peanut butter cheesecake!
Another product which is gaining popularity amongst the dieters is Better 'n Peanut Butter. It has fat content reduced to 85%. Every 2 tbsp contains 100 calories which is less than the original peanut butter. It's most commonly used in sandwich spreads, sauces and dips.
Other brands of peanut butter are also available such as Jif, Goober, Koogle, Skippy and Peanut Butter & Co. Of these, Jif is one of the low-fat peanut butter products. Natural peanut butter is also one of the best substitutes for the regular one as it doesn't contain any emulsifying agents.
The mentioned nutrition facts are definitely a welcome news for children and adults as the nutrition is retained just by reducing the fat levels. So all the gourmet lovers out there, don't kill your desires by not eating what you relish! Go, enjoy and savor the taste of the yummy peanut butter! Your mouth must be watering at the very thought! Bon Appetit!
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