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Old 02-05-2006, 04:47 PM   #1
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Peanut butter and jelly

Are PB&J's healthy at all? I've been craving them a lot lately.

I put Bananas in them sometimes.

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Old 02-05-2006, 05:23 PM   #2
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Well.....if they aren't then there is a whole mess of people that shouldn't be around!! With or without bananas, I would say they are healthier than most lunch meat sandwiches.
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Old 02-05-2006, 05:34 PM   #3
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Are PB&J's healthy at all? I've been craving them a lot lately.

I put Bananas in them sometimes.
If you're looking at strictly fat and calorie content than no, it could be argued that PB and J's are not healthy. But peanut butter has little or no cholesterol, and is a good source of protein, vitamin A, B, E, iron, zinc, and copper. I believe that it has a good source of Omega-3 fats as well. With the bread, will it really depends on what kind you're using. Jelly is low in fat, sodium, and cholesterol which is good. The bad thing is that most of the calories come from sugars.
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Old 02-05-2006, 05:55 PM   #4
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The peanut butter is nutritious, and as long as you're pretty active, the jelly won't be a problem. Or try using honey instead of jelly.
Bananas are great with peanut butter, as are apple slices.
Try it on some good whole wheat bread!
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Old 02-05-2006, 06:12 PM   #5
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Peanut butter is very healthy and good for you. Let's just say everything should be eating in moderate portions and you will have no problems gaining. I've been feeding my 3 year old PB&J sandwiches (about 3-4 times weekly) since he was 1 and thankfully, he's a very strong and healthy boy. If you're concerned about the extra sugar and calories, you can get the sugarfree and/or lowfat peanut butter and the low sugar or sugarfree jelly on whole wheat bread. I hope this helps.
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Old 02-05-2006, 06:57 PM   #6
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PBandJ

i eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches just about everyday at work. i just switch between grape and stawberry jelly. does anybody recommend anything else to eat this sandwich besides chips.

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i'm asking becaue this is still part of my school project. thanks
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Old 02-05-2006, 08:03 PM   #7
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If you are doing research for a school project you should really learn to use Google and other search engines rather than discussion groups which provide more opinions than facts.

I did a Google search on "peanut butter nutrition" and came up with hundreds of sites which provide factual and documented information.
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Old 02-05-2006, 08:13 PM   #8
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Well, you have forced me to climb my soapbox...ok, are you buying peanut butter with partially hydrogenated oils? If so, then, no! your pb&j is not healthy! sorry! I can't hold back! We only buy all natural peanut butter. It only has peanuts and salt. the only two ingredients! Also agree w/previous post, IN MODERATION!!

I love peanut butter and banana sandwiches! Most delicious!!!
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Old 02-05-2006, 08:54 PM   #9
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I grew up on PB&J sandwiches, and in those days we only had two kinds of peanut butter to choose from.

Still love them.

But love PB and bacon sandwiches more.

Do all things in moderation and you will do just fine.
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Old 02-05-2006, 08:58 PM   #10
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pb and bacon, auntdot? Is that really good? now I can truly say I have never heard of that combo! But if there were ever two things always in stock in my home, it's peanut butter and bacon! I will have to give that a go!
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Old 02-08-2006, 03:54 PM   #11
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Try REAL peanut butter (if the ingredients list anything other than peanuts and salt, it ain't real peanut butter!) and low or sugarless jelly, jam or preserves (try Polaner All Fruit Preserves, which have no added sugar) on whole grain bread. Now THAT is healthy!
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Old 02-08-2006, 10:17 PM   #12
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Love Pb&J...who would disagree with "all things in moderation". All the studies in the world seem to point to this universal truth (why DO we need all those studies, anyway, if everybody already knows this?)...

Smart Balance is making a peanut butter that is a good source of Omega-3's - I've tried it, it's pretty good.

Enjoy your PB&J.
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Old 02-09-2006, 02:58 AM   #13
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I love PB&J too. Sometimes I will use other nut butters in place of PB just to change things up. Cashew butter w/ honey is really good, or almond and apple butter together. Experiment! There are lots of yummy protein/nut and fruit combos to try.

Also, try different kinds of breads. You could try pita, tortillas (and make PB&J "wraps"), english muffins, thin rye bread, raisin bread, etc.

And like everyone else said, anything in moderation! As long as you aren't using huge globs of nut butter and having it for breakfast, lunch and supper, then it can be part of a healthy diet!
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Old 02-09-2006, 11:06 AM   #14
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Believe this?

There is a school here that is serving the kids peanut butter and jelly sandwiches everyday! They say this is a balanced meal. It also will cut down quite a lot of expense and the kids seem to like it for right now. I wonder if they will cont inue to do this next week? it is interesting about this combination.

Elvis Presley loved peanut butter and bananas. I think that was pretty good combination and have tried it myself and found it very good. Look at jimmy Carter he has peanut farm and I can imagine he ate lot of peanut butter! One thing I am glad it is offered in the stores but watching the ingredients is important. When it is natural have to stir it to make sure the oils are combined with the butter.

I am getting hungry. I also like almond butter on toast.
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In moderation is the key to all for sure when it comes to eating. After all, if you think about it, the name says it all........peanut BUTTER. So, you can't
eat a ton of it and it expect it to be good for you.
I'm kind of a sucker for a pbj made with the mango spread we make. But,
I still love me strawberry jam too :)
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Old 02-09-2006, 12:48 PM   #16
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mango spread

Mango spread? Never saw that before! You make it? I love mangos but to make spread from them would be too expensive. Only buy small quantity to eat. Sounds delicious. AND with peanut butter? Great!

Spoke too soon. Checked the link on your post and will order some. Like I said I am getting hunry since I only had yogurt and banana this morning. Try to limit my intake of food someway but have to make allowance for mango spread one day. You piqued my interest. Thanks
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Old 02-09-2006, 06:14 PM   #17
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Peanut butter is very, very healthy.
And there are ways to make basically anything diet-friendly.

Try:

2 slices of whole wheat bread
2 Tbs. of Smuckers natural peanut butter
2 Tbs. of Smuckers sugar-free jam

=350 calories, 17g fat (2g saturated), 6g fibre, 11g protein.
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After all, if you think about it, the name says it all........peanut BUTTER. So, you can't
eat a ton of it and it expect it to be good for you.
Au contraire, mon ami. The term butter in peanut butter refers to the consistency only. Dairy butter has saturated fat, which is not healthy, and margarine has trans fats, which are even more unhealthy, whereas peanut butter is about 50 percent monounsaturated and 30 percent polyunsaturated fat, both of which are healthy. Your body does require some fats, at least 10% of your dietary intake.
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Old 02-09-2006, 07:20 PM   #19
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To be a little bit off-topic.. I know people who love and sware by peanut butter and butter sandwiches.
Now that... would be a little harder to incorperate into a healthy diet. :p
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Old 02-09-2006, 07:46 PM   #20
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peanut butter is a very healthy food as long as you get the natural kind. protein, vitamins, fiber, & it's filling. have whole grain bread, don't glop on the jelly, and you have a nutritious snack/ meal.
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