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What are you thoughts on Peanut Butter? Is this a good choice of fuel? If so... when should it be eaten?

Reason I ask is because I just recently started taking it to give it a try to see if it helps out in any way. Usually after a ride (within 30 min), I usually drink the recommended serving size of Monster Milk. I had this laying around from when I used to left heavy weights, so I figured I'd go through this before buying something new. I started taking it last summer and the improvement in performance was amazing. So I started taking it again at the start of this season to try to finish the container and it doesn't seem to have the same impact as before. So this week, what I started to do is take my protein shake and then have about 2 - 3 tablespoons of Peanut Butter.

Thank You.
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Isn't peanut butter pretty high in fat?
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Isn't peanut butter pretty high in fat?
Skippy makes a reduced-fat version.

Regular Skippy has 16g of fat per serving, 25% of your recommended daily value. The reduced-fat version has 12g of fat per serving, 18% of your RDV. This likely comes from the natural oils in the peanuts. No difference in fat between the regular and super-chunk versions, however, the super chunk versions are slightly lighter in sodium than their creamy counterparts.

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Skippy makes a reduced-fat version.

Regular Skippy has 16g of fat per serving, 25% of your recommended daily value. The reduced-fat version has 12g of fat per serving, 18% of your RDV. This likely comes from the natural oils in the peanuts. No difference in fat between the regular and super-chunk versions, however, the super chunk versions are slightly lighter in sodium than their creamy counterparts.

My source
That's actually the one that I use... Skippy reduced-fat. I tried the all-natural peanut butter made by Smuckers where you pretty much need to stir it everytime you open the bottle cause all the oil makes its way to the top and it never settled well with my stomach. I tried a few times and it just made me sick everytime.

Don't we need a little bit of fat in our diet anyway?
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Originally Posted by Threshold View Post
What are you thoughts on Peanut Butter? Is this a good choice of fuel? If so... when should it be eaten?

Reason I ask is because I just recently started taking it to give it a try to see if it helps out in any way. Usually after a ride (within 30 min), I usually drink the recommended serving size of Monster Milk. I had this laying around from when I used to left heavy weights, so I figured I'd go through this before buying something new. I started taking it last summer and the improvement in performance was amazing. So I started taking it again at the start of this season to try to finish the container and it doesn't seem to have the same impact as before. So this week, what I started to do is take my protein shake and then have about 2 - 3 tablespoons of Peanut Butter.

Thank You.
I hope this helps, here is an article I read on beginnertriathlete.com.

Peanut Butter: A Super Sports Food
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Originally Posted by Threshold View Post
That's actually the one that I use... Skippy reduced-fat. I tried the all-natural peanut butter made by Smuckers where you pretty much need to stir it everytime you open the bottle cause all the oil makes its way to the top and it never settled well with my stomach. I tried a few times and it just made me sick everytime.

Don't we need a little bit of fat in our diet anyway?
You can read the article I just linked about the oil. They recommend that you store the jar upside down. That way all the oil goes to the bottom, then when you go to eat it, you flip it over, open it, and it's only peanut butter you are getting.
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I hope this helps, here is an article I read on beginnertriathlete.com.

Peanut Butter: A Super Sports Food
I'm so happy that I posted up this thread about Peanut Butter... that link has pretty much all the information that you need to know about Peanut Butter and why it is good for an athlete in training.

Thank You.
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Originally Posted by Threshold View Post
That's actually the one that I use... Skippy reduced-fat. I tried the all-natural peanut butter made by Smuckers where you pretty much need to stir it everytime you open the bottle cause all the oil makes its way to the top and it never settled well with my stomach. I tried a few times and it just made me sick everytime.

Don't we need a little bit of fat in our diet anyway?
I've tried other brands of the all-natural stuff too and it does the same with the oil moving to the top. I think this should sit WELL with your stomach. I mean it is weird to me too because its not what I grew up with. But I think of what unnecessary additives are in the non-natural variety, and the hydrogenated oils make it a no deal for me.
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I've tried other brands of the all-natural stuff too and it does the same with the oil moving to the top. I think this should sit WELL with your stomach. I mean it is weird to me too because its not what I grew up with. But I think of what unnecessary additives are in the non-natural variety, and the hydrogenated oils make it a no deal for me.

Read what I said above about storing the Natural Peanut Butter upside down.
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I've done numerous long-distance hikes on the Appalachian Trail and never go without PB. And on the trail you do NOT mess with low calorie/ low fat crap. You need all you can get since food rationing is a must, so when resupplying in town everyone is always looking for foods high in fat/calories and PB is one of the best.
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I've done numerous long-distance hikes on the Appalachian Trail and never go without PB. And on the trail you do NOT mess with low calorie/ low fat crap. You need all you can get since food rationing is a must, so when resupplying in town everyone is always looking for foods high in fat/calories and PB is one of the best.
And another great thing is that it can pretty much be eaten with anything and tastes Mmmmm so good!!!!
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I tend to look for foods that are high in calories, mostly from carbs, and have a bit of fat as well. PB/banana sandwiches are amazing. I seriously doubt there's "too much" fat in peanut butter, especially if you eat it after long rides. You need something to refuel.
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I tend to look for foods that are high in calories, mostly from carbs, and have a bit of fat as well. PB/banana sandwiches are amazing. I seriously doubt there's "too much" fat in peanut butter, especially if you eat it after long rides. You need something to refuel.
Yeah... I've actually really been getting in the habit of eating about 2 - 3 tablespoons of it right when I get in the house. I would make a little meal out of it but by the time I actually get home, I just want to eat it...

All fruits I think go very well with PB but my favories are banana and PB sandwich like you mentioned, apples dipped in PB, and pears... Yummy. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it now... haha.
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Ah, I have to go get apples now!
post #15 of 31

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Great thread. I've learned a lot from it. I never knew the jar upside down trick. That's how I'll store mine from now on.
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