How Many Carbs in Peanut Butter?
Peanut butter is a food, especially known in the United States, while in our continent in general – and especially in Italy – is a product destined for marginal consumption.
This food is made from peanut seeds: these are first roasted at a temperature of about 150 ° C, salted and then grinded and kneaded. During the grinding process, peanut seeds leave the oil spilling out, which will tend to accumulate on the surface. During all working phases, the oil will again be blended with the ground compound, while during storage, this does not happen. For this reason, stabilizers and emulsifiers are added to the peanut butter of industrial preparation, which, in fact, ensures the maintenance of homogeneity. These necessary adjustments also alter the nutritional values of peanut butter: in fact, additives are partially hydrogenated vegetable oils which, as is well known, have a negative impact on cardiovascular health.
Let’s see what are the nutritional characteristics of peanut butter and how to consume it within a healthy and balanced diet.
Peanut butter is a pretty calorie food: 100g portion brings 589 kcal. Clearly, it is difficult to get so much in a single portion, the more common it is to spread a teaspoon on a crouton or a bit of fresh bread: 8 g, the amount contained in a teaspoon, make about 48 kcal.
Most of the energy input is due to fat: these macro nutrients account for 50.4% of the weight. The lipid fraction of peanut butter is mostly composed of mono-unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats: 24.5% and 15% respectively. Peanut butter is a good source of oleic acid. Although in a lower quantity, there is also a certain proportion of saturated fat, on average 11% of the lipid fraction.
Instead, carbohydrates and proteins are smaller: about 20% and about 25% of the weight, respectively.
Peanut butter is a good source of mineral salts, especially iron, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and zinc, and vitamins such as E, B5 and B6. The supply of dietary fiber is also good.
How and when to consume it:
Peanut butter, especially when it is fresh and not added with harmful preservatives and emulsions, is a high-calorie food but rich in good nutritional qualities. Its moderate consumption, within a healthy and active lifestyle, is definitely possible.
This food can be tasted on a slice of bread, perhaps during breakfast, along with a portion of fresh fruit and a sugar-free coffee or tea, but can also be used as an ingredient.
Natural peanut butter can be used for preparing cookies, muffins or other sweets. It ensures a good creaminess to the dough and also an intense and pleasing aroma to the finished recipe.
Spelled Butter and Peanut Butter Cookies:
400 g of spelled flour;
100 g of sugar;
100 g of peanut butter
1 whole egg;
1 teaspoon of sweet yeast;
130 ml of lukewarm water.
Sift the flour into a bowl, then mix the sugar and the sweet yeast. Otherwise beat the egg and paste it into the powders. Sprinkle the peanut butter in lukewarm water and add it to the rest of the dough. Work the ingredients until you get a smooth and elastic paste. Divide the pasta into 3 parts, then work with 3 strands. Cut the threads into pieces of about 1 cm thick or so. Place biscuits on a non-stick baking tray or covered with baking paper, then cook in an oven that is already hot at 180 ° C for about 175 minutes.
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