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Peanut Butter
Peanut Butter

The bad rap: Peanut butter is super-fattening.

The good news: Peanut butter is high in fat, but that doesn’t mean it’s fattening. (Gaining or losing weight, and body fat, basically comes down to balancing calories.) That said, peanut butter is a concentrated source of calories, so you don’t want to go overboard. But you don’t need to eat tons to feel satisfied: just a tablespoon (90 calories) or two of peanut butter goes a long way. Plus, peanut butter provides protein and folate, a B vitamin important for the healthy development of new cells.

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9 bad foods you should be eating - By Nicci Micco, M.S., editor-at-large for EatingWell Magazine - Some healthful foods have gotten bad raps they just can’t shake. Do you avoid peanut butter because you think it's super-fattening? Have you banned egg yolk because you're concerned about your heart health? Get the good truth about these and more “misunderstood” foods and why you should eat them—in moderation, of course. What healthy foods do you think are “bad?”

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