Calories per serving
Calories per serving:
If you’re looking to reduce your calorie intake, peanut butter might not be the best option for you. A 2 tablespoon serving of peanut butter averages about 190-200 calories, but that number can vary depending on the brand and type of peanut butter.
The reason for this is because the majority of those calories come from fat, which makes up about half of a 2 tablespoons worth of peanut butter—and nearly all of those fat grams are monounsaturated or polyunsaturated (good fats). So if you’re trying to lower your saturated fat intake while still enjoying delicious treats like peanut butter sandwiches or homemade smoothies with PB&J flavors in them, then you’re going to have to find another way to cut back on calories besides cutting out peanuts altogether!
Fat per serving
We all know that fat is an important part of our diet. That being said, there are still some types of fats that can be harmful to us. So what kind should we be eating?
The answer is monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (aka MUFA and PUFA). These “good” fats help lower cholesterol, reduce risk of heart disease and stroke, improve insulin sensitivity, prevent inflammation, and even boost brain health. They are also found in nuts such as almonds and peanuts!
How much should you eat? Well it depends on your age but here’s a general guideline:
Children ages 2–3 years old should eat 1 tablespoon each day
Children ages 4–8 years old should have 1 1/2 tablespoons each day
Teens ages 9–18 years old should have 2 tablespoons each day
- Sugar content of peanut butter varies widely.
- Nut butters are a good snack, but they can contain a lot of sugar.
- The more sugar, the more calories.
- Sugar is added to nut butters to increase sweetness and make them taste better.
The best tasting peanut butters are higher in fat, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
The best tasting peanut butters are higher in fat. That’s because the majority of their flavor comes from fat, which makes it more difficult to find a low-fat peanut butter that tastes good. But don’t be discouraged! Just because you can’t find a low-fat peanut butter that tastes as good as one with more fat doesn’t mean you’re stuck with blandness forever.
The reason why there’s such a stark difference between high- and low-fat peanut butters is simple: Fat contributes most of the taste to your food. It’s also necessary for keeping your body healthy, so it’s important not to get rid of every last gram when making changes like this one (unless your doctor says otherwise). We make our own homemade nut butters at home using almond flour instead of peanuts; it’s easy and delicious!