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Quote from LS289:
Can anyone answer my previous question about the shot glass-size serving of peanut butter????
I am guessing that it is 2-3 tablespoons. As a comparison, 1/4 cup is 4 tablespoons.

Quote from Losec20mg:
yeah jdi.. i crave them too sometimes, why??

Quote from LS289:
I am eating them because I enjoy them (especially almonds, cashews, and peanut butter!!) and because I crave them, also.
Specific food cravings can mean several different things, especially with peanuts and peanut butter.

In general, craving a specific food often signifies that you are developing a food sensitivity and/or allergy to that food. That DOES NOT mean that you will swell or break out in hives - it DOES mean that you may not feel well, get a headache, have digestion problems, or other mild symptoms if you eat too much of that food. The best way to avoid this from happening is to limit your consumption of that food to only once every 4-5 days.

Food cravings can also point to a specific deficiency - vitamins, minerals, proteins, essential fatty acids, etc. In the case of peanuts - they are quite high in potassium, magnesium, and Omega 6 fatty acids.

Strangely, sometimes cravings occur because you are deficient in something that is NOT in the food you are craving, but your body sends a confused signal. It's not really possible to identify the cause without a lot of trial and error. Usually, this is not the case with peanuts.

I have a problem with peanuts and peanut butter because I do not think they are all that valuable nutritionally. Yes, they have the potassium, magnesium, and Omega 6 fatty acids, but they are extremely high in calories, fat and they do tend to be an addictive and allergy-triggering food - and you can get those same nutrients in other foods.

I also recommend that you read your labels on ALL peanut products - jars and cans of peanuts often contain high amounts of sodium, sugar, added starch, and chemical additives. Peanut butter is the same, but usually even higher in sugar. All natural peanut butter is a better choice (freshly ground), but still - make sure you KNOW what is in the source peanuts - no point in grinding peanuts that are loaded with sugar and additives.

My recommendation to anyone who is truly craving peanuts on a daily basis - leave them behind for 1 week and see what happens. Then after a week, load up on them - if you get any symptoms or feel sick at all, don't ever eat them again.

Personally, I have completely omitted peanuts from my diet.