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How to choose the right peanut butter for your diet

Peanut butter, or any nut butter, is a staple on most meal plans. (Source: Pixabay) Peanut butter, or any nut butter, is a staple on most meal plans. (Source: Pixabay)
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Peanut butter, or any nut butter, is a staple on most meal plans. They are a good source of healthy, monounsaturated fat, protein, potassium and Vitamin E.  However, some are hiding a few surprise ingredients.

"The first ingredients are roasted peanuts and sugar," said Brittany Link, who is a registered dietician.

Sugar and oil are something you won't know is in nut butter unless you read the ingredients!

Even ones that say they are made with honey doesn't mean it's only sweetened with honey, which is additional grams of sugar. Instead, Link says to look for a jar that specifically says only one ingredient, peanuts.

Link said, "You just want to make sure that you're looking at the back of the ingredient label and seeing that it just says one ingredient,"

If you go the opposite way and choose peanut butter powder, popular among athletes, to get the taste without the bad ingredients. Link says this option also eliminates some of the beneficial ingredients.

"That fat is also what keeps you satisfied," Link said. So if you're putting this into your smoothie or you're consuming something, I want you to also have some fat in there otherwise you're probably going to end up going for more later,"

Peanut butter isn't necessarily thought to be a high sugar food, but since you're eating nut butter with toast or fruit, you have to consider those sugar grams that add up in combination with the peanut butter.

However, Link encourages you to pair your nut butter snack with a carbohydrate like fruit or bread because it helps to stabilize your blood sugar.

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