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Peanut Butter Alternative PB2 Featured On Dr. Oz

I had a couple of people ask me this week about PB2 and I must admit I had no clue what in the heck they were talking about. As I quickly learned PB2 is a peanut butter alternative with 85% less fat calories.

Basically it’s peanut butter powder made from slow roasting the peanuts then pressing them to remove the fat and oil.

The final product is completely in powdered form which you would add water to and stir.

Both people that asked me about it said they saw it on the Dr. Oz show. I don’t ever watch the show when it regularly airs since I’m working at that time, but I did find a clip from the segment on YouTube.

I’ve included it for you below:

Here’s the thing, I’ve not personally tasted PB2 so I really can’t give you my final opinion. I did spend some time reading reviews and researching it on-line but there wasn’t enough out on it yet.

When I read reviews where the person uses words like “exquisite” and “delectable” that screams to me a professional food writer or paid review. I could be wrong but food manufacturers are notorious for this kind of stuff with product launches. One of those shaddy secrets of the industry.

So until I’ve actually had the opportunity to try it or there’s been enough time for more reviews to post I’ll have to wait to formulate my opinion.

I mean I get it…there’s nothing magical about what they’re doing here. It’s NOT real peanut butter as we know it. Doesn’t mean it’s bad, I just think you shouldn’t get your hopes up it will taste like the original. How could it?

There’s no fat or oil left in it after the peanuts have been roasted and pressed over and over again until all that’s left is a bunch of powder.

Unlike some products that get totally unnatural in order to get the fat and calories down, PB2 is different. There’s not a bunch of artificial ingredients or fake fibers added back in. The product is made from peanuts, sugar, and salt, that’s it.

Nutrition information for PB2:

Per (2) tablespoons of the powder -mixed with water

54 calories
2.8g total fat, .55g saturated fat, 0 trans-fat, 0 cholesterol
94mg sodium
3.7g total carbohydrate, .3g fiber, 1g sugar
4.3g protein

For dieters and those watching their fat intake here’s the comparison (2 tbsp):

Regular Peanut Butter: 190 calories (145 from fat)

PB2: 54 calories (25 from fat)

While I’m personally a much bigger fan of Almond Butter I can see how this product could be appealing. This would be especially true with dieters who want peanut butter flavor without the fat and calories. Also if you do a lot of baking, this could also be a cool product to play with if you want to experiment a little.

If you’re curious, give it a shot, there’s nothing about it that justifies me telling you to run the other way. Like I said, I’m an almond butter fan myself so you won’t find me buying powdered peanut butter anytime soon.

Never-the-less, I expect this product to do well unless the marketers are a bunch of idiots. It gives a lot of people what they want….less calories and fat.

We are STILL fixated on calories and fat even after decades of making everything with less calories and fat has failed us miserably. Obesity is skyrocketing and we’ll still looking for ways to castrate food to the point where it’s hardly recognizable.

As kids we watched the “Jetsons” get all their food from little pills. It was a cartoon for crying out loud but the wild thing is we appear to be heading in that direction.

Rant mode “ON”

Leave the food alone! God in his infinite wisdom provided for us and gave us all we need to be healthy. Believe what you want but I can’t see for the life of me how man is making foods any better.

We’re obsessed with making everything “fat free” and “low calorie.”

It’s NEVER been about the natural fat and calories for the one millionth time! I’ll keep screaming this hoping someone will listen.

If you eat foods in their natural state that contain fat, you’ll trigger a hormonal response from leptin that tells your body you’re full. It’s only when you start messing with foods outside of their natural state that you begin screwing up the signals and find yourself overeating.

You think this is a bunch of B.S then I challenge you to go try and eat a whole stick of natural butter. Go ahead, sit on down at the table with a knife and fork and enjoy….bon-appetit!

Sounds ridiculous I know but I guarantee you that you could probably sit down and eat the EQUIVALENT amount of fat from potato chips and still be hungry at the end.

I could on and on about the hormonal responses in your body and why exactly this is, but the important part is just to remember the more natural the food is the better.

If you ate mostly natural foods and got your body in balance a little bit of natural fat would never be an issue. On the other hand if you’re convinced that Lean Cuisines and all the other processed garbage is the key to cutting calories and losing weight, I can’t help you.

Follow a Primal Blueprint or Paleo type diet 80% of the time and you’ll never have to think about eating some watery puree of powdered peanuts on your celery sticks.

I’m just saying…

Rant mode “OFF”

Now don’t get me wrong, I can see how PB2 could be useful in the kitchen, I’m just not going to be trading in my almond butter anytime soon.

If you’ve had this product let me know what you think. I’d love to hear your comments.

Shane Doll is a certified personal trainer, fat loss expert, speaker, and founder of Shaping Concepts, a Charleston personal fitness training studio that specializes in weight loss and body transformation. You can receive a FREE, no-obligations (2) session personal training trial and consultation to experience the difference for yourself.

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