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03 Mar 2004

I crave cheese and peanut butter. Is it better for me to rather eat peanut butter because it will give me no cholesterol? I eat one of the two every day. I do drink 3 - 4 classes of skimmed milk every day so I don't really need the calcium from the cheese and I take Calcium Sandoz. Should I stick to peanut butter rather? I see there is a new cashew nut butter spread in the markets. Would this be healthier then peanut butter? How much of the fat in peanut butter is saturated (percentage wise)? I have stopped eating chocolates, sugar and candy. Could this be the reason for my new founded cravings? Are there any benefits to eating peanut butter? Thanks doc
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Mary-Anne
I do not have the nutritional composition of the cashew nuts butter yet, but peanut butter contains 2460 kJ, 50g total fat, 10g saturated fat, 20g of monounsaturated fat and 17g of polyunsaturated fat and 0 cholesterol per 100g. Therefore it is a good source of mono- and polyunsaturated fats which will help to lower cholesterol and it is a low GI food. But it does have a very high energy content, so stick to 30g a day (about 740 kJ per 30g which represents about 8% of your daily energy intake). The same applies to all other nuts. Moderation is the key. Cheddar cheese contains 1685 kJ, 33g total fat, 21g saturated fat, 9,4g monounsaturated fat and 0,9g polyunsaturated fat and 105 mg of cholesterol per 100g. So the peanut butter contains more energy, more total fat, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat and less saturated fat and no cholesterol when compared to cheddar cheese. It may be an idea to eat both foods in small quantities, thus providing more variety to the diet. Your present cravings may be due to you cutting out chocolates, etc, as the latter can influence the serotonin levels in the brain, which can be boosted again by foods rich in proteins such as the cheese and nuts.
Best regards
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