Ask the Diva: Is PB2 Better for You Than Peanut Butter?

PB2 is much lower in fat and calories, but should it replace your standard jar of peanut butter?

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS
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Ask the Diva: Is PB2 Better for You Than Peanut Butter?

Q. Is PB2 (powdered peanut butter) a good choice or would I be better off with a natural peanut butter? PB2 is much lower in fat and calories but are we losing nutrients along with the fat?

A. PB2 is made by pressing all the fat out of peanuts. What you’re left with is a peanut flavored powder that can be used in smoothies or other recipes. PB2 is much lower in fat and calories—about 45 calories per 2 tablespoons, compared with 180 calories for 2 tablespoons of peanut butter. Peanut butter, however, will give you more protein (8g vs. 5g) and fiber (3g vs 2g) per serving. Peanut butter is also a decent source of vitamin E and, although PB2 doesn’t specify its vitamin E content, it’s probable that you lose most of the vitamin E along with the fat. Personally, I find PB2 sort of chalky and unsatisfying—I’d rather make room in my calorie budget for the real thing.

See also:
How to Make the Perfect Smoothie
How Fats Fit into A Healthy Diet

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About the Author

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Monica Reinagel is a board-certified licensed nutritionist, author, and the creator of one of iTunes' most highly ranked health and fitness podcasts. Her advice is regularly featured on the TODAY show, Dr. Oz, NPR, and in the nation's leading newspapers, magazines, and websites. Do you have a nutrition question? Call the Nutrition Diva listener line at 443-961-6206. Your question could be featured on the show.