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Too Much Peanut Butter?

Is there such thing as too much peanut butter? I am 20 yrs old, 5’ 9", 150 lbs and 10-12% body fat. I am trying to gain lean mass and get all my protein requirements. In total I probably eat 3000-3500 calories a day. I like to binge on mixed nuts and peanut butter. I will eat a whole container of peanut butter or mixed nuts before I go to bed probably once a week. I’ve gained a pound in the past month but I don’t want to get overly chubby while gaining.

Should I cut the nut butter and mixed nuts out if I want to stay lean?

You can never have too much peanut butter…

Yes.

However, you are 150lbs at 5’9. As a fellow 5’9 athlete, you have lots of room for muscle. Growing is fine.

I would still eat more diverse foods though.

Depends on what size container.

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A 16oz container typically.

16 oz of peanut butter or mixed nuts once a week is probably not going to make you or break you. If you are worried, just adjust the amount. Say half a container once a week.

Physique wise there is really no issue as long as it fits your caloric needs but, I think that is way too many omega-6 fats. Personally, I try to limit them.

Assuming you’re getting adequate fiber and micronutrients from other sources, there’s nothing inherently wrong with eating a lot of nuts/nut butter. As for whether you will “get overly chubby,” that will be determined by your total caloric intake, not the amount of calories derived from any one source. But be forewarned: Because it is both very tasty and very calorically dense, it’s all too easy for caloric intake to get out of hand if one eats PB ad lib.

All that said, I would suggest that you not use nuts/nut butters as a protein source–you just don’t get enough quality protein for the ‘cost’ in calories. A tip I learned from Shelby Starnes (a prominent online trainer): For each food you eat, think of it as belonging to one of three categories: Protein, Carb or Fat. So for example, lean ground beef is a Protein, as is baked chicken breast. Yes, both have some fat (and trace carbs), but you don’t need to worry about those. Rice is a Carb–again, while there’s a bit of fat and protein in there, it’s not enough to worry about. Likewise (and here at last is the point I’m trying to make), PB is not a protein–it is a fat. And that is how you should think of it–as a fat source, not a protein source. So when you’re looking to hit your protein macros, don’t reach for the PB jar.

Finally, I would strongly recommend you eat ‘natural’ PB, as the others contain added unhealthful fats as well as sugar. (This is why natty PB has to be stirred–it doesn’t have those added stabilizing fats.) Read the ‘ingredients’ on the label; if it lists anything other than ‘peanuts’ (and maybe ‘salt’), put it back.

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I always go with natural. Just peanuts is the way to go.

Thank you for that piece of advice. That is a good ideology to have.

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If you do get your essential nutrients, from other sources and stay within your calorie limits should be fine!

The calorific density of nuts honestly just makes them not worth eating most of the time for me. However, I was really hungry today and a family friend brought over peanuts they roasted themselves. Couldn’t resist and ended up eating 3/4 cup. That’s over 700kcal!