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Going Nuts Over Peanut Butter continued...
Some concerns have been raised in the past that oils added to
commercial peanut butters during production process may create unhealthy levels
of trans fats. But recent studies have shown that most commercial peanut
butters contain negligible levels of these potentially dangerous fats, and
commercial and all-natural brands are pretty much equal when it comes to
"My feeling as a nutritionist is that the major sources of
damaging trans fats in your diet are going to be commercial cakes, cookies,
doughnuts, and deep-fried foods, not peanut butter," says Carter.
Peanut butter is also a high-calorie food, so eating spoon
after spoon of it isn't recommended -- two tablespoons is plenty. But nuts and
nut butters such as peanut butter are rich sources of protein and heart-healthy
omega-3 fatty acids like those found in fish and vegetable oils.
They're also a good source of a variety of nutrients such as
magnesium, potassium, and vitamin E, which have the ability to protect the
Eggs: Edible and Economical
Eggs have suffered from a serious image problem that began in
the 1970s when they were vilified for their high cholesterol content. But now
that researchers' understanding of heart disease and cholesterol's role in it
has changed, so has their opinion of the egg.
"At that time, we thought cholesterol was the only issue,
but we now know that there is good cholesterol, bad cholesterol, good fats, and
bad fats," says Carter. "Eggs aren't as damaging to the cardiovascular
system as once thought."
"What eggs have going for them is they are an inexpensive,
high-quality source of protein," says Carter.
However, eggs, more specifically egg yolks, do still contain a
significant amount of cholesterol.
Lichtenstein says that whether or not someone can fit eggs into
their diet really depends on what else they're eating.
"If they are not consuming a lot of animal fat either from
dairy or meat sources, then they can certainly include an egg a day in their
diet," Lichtenstein tells WebMD.
If you are eating a considerable amount of cholesterol-laden
animal fat, then it's good idea to limit eggs, take the yolk out and use the
whites only, or use an egg substitute.