Peanut Butter - Good or bad?

Your UC and Peanut Butter experience
Peanut butter is great all the time - 59.4%
Peanut butter does not agree with me at any time - 0.0%
Peanut butter is great except when flaring - 9.4%
Peanut butter is only ok in small amounts - 31.3%

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   Posted 2/2/2008 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
And another question from the peanut gallery :-)

Peanut Butter... I've heard people comment that peanut butters are a good source of a number of vitamins and minerals etc. However, it would seem a number of UC food suggestions consider it to be a bad thing?

Whats your take? Peanut butter - ok for you or not?
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   Posted 2/2/2008 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I eat peanut butter in moderation. Usually just on crackers. Too much and I get a tummy ache.
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   Posted 2/2/2008 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I make Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwichs all the time, I actually find them easy to digest and easy on the stomach. When I was first diagnosed I heard all kinds of stuff and read info on how bad peanuts are for people with UC. But for me no problems but then again I find that a lot of the avoidance foods aren't a problem for me.
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   Posted 2/2/2008 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Peanut butter good.  Use only the natural type (ground peanuts and salt only ingredients) perferably organic. My ritual: Pour off the oil that has risen to the top then stir up the peanut butter if texture is good throw away poured off oil if too stiff add some back in until desired texture achieved. 

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   Posted 2/2/2008 10:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Peanut butter and banana is my favorite.

It's an excellent source of protien.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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   Posted 2/2/2008 10:11 PM (GMT -6)   

Peanut butter and banana for me too - my late afternoon snack when the Pred makes me hungry. I use the new Skippy Natural.

Diagnosed with LS UC 1984, suffered for 16 years, high doses Pred and eased off to Azulfidine; remission for 9 years, just flared recently. Asacol 3, 3x day; 20 ml. Pred.. Heading into remission again with addition of: prayer, deep breathing, walks on the beach and: 4-1000 mg.garlic twice daily; 2 zyflamend twice daily, SuperFoods RX multi-whole food vita twice daily, SuperFoods RX Omega 3; 3 Asacol 3 x day with 3 Vitamin Shoppe Ultimate 10 Probiotic; Metamucil morning and night - no dairy, hardly any coffee, lots of water and green tea. Was using L-Glutamine but read that it can aggravate?


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   Posted 2/2/2008 11:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I love a good peanut butter and banana sandwich! yummy! (smooth kind only b/c I hate nuts)

Never had a problem with peanut butter.
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Have Taken: Prednisone, Flagyl, Zantac (for acid reflex)

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   Posted 2/2/2008 11:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I use organic peanut butter only of course, no added salt or sugar.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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   Posted 2/2/2008 11:26 PM (GMT -6)   
My mid morning snack is Maranatha organic creamy peanut butter and raw honey.  Yum!  It really gives me the energy to make it through the morning. 
Maranatha needs to be refrigerated after opening.  It stays creamy not like the Smuckers brand that clumps up.  If you like peanut butter I would highly recommend Maranatha.  It is delicious.  I just bought 8 jars from Sam's Club.  That will last me about a month. 
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   Posted 2/3/2008 1:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Peanut butter is fine....I only eat Peanuts Only (President's choice) sugar/salt added.
Creamy is best.

PB and banana is awselicious!!...but I'd never have it during the day..bananas are huge gas producers for me.

I think it depends on what kind you consume.

There is also almond butter, cashew butter, sunflower seed butter and one that's a mix of all three (as my husband just informed me). I believe Marantha makes the almond butter.

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~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....bromelain 1 - 2x daily
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   Posted 2/3/2008 1:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, let me rave about the terrific Canadian peanut butter available where I live in NY, made in Montreal. The brand name is Yum; the ingredients listed on label of smooth-style: peanuts. Period. Very reassuring!!!! It requires determined stirring initially; then refrigeration for storage once opened. That's o.k.; keeps me from eating it by tablespoons. I love it in a PBJ sandwich with Bonne Maman apricot jam, a glass of lactose-free nonfat milk, and a not-too-ripe banana on the side. Mmmmm. Thank you, Canada!!!!!! (et la belle France aussi!) / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC; currently on 3 Colazal daily for maintenance of remission)

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   Posted 2/3/2008 2:44 AM (GMT -6)   
eh, you're welcome!!!! Not from Montreal but am from Alberta LOL....the presidents choice organic peanut butter I use with no added salt, sugar or preservatives has the same instructions, stir and refridgerate.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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   Posted 2/3/2008 8:32 AM (GMT -6)   
If I have any more than a teaspoon or so of peanut butter, I get outrageous gas and pain. Almond butter doesn't seem to have that effect nearly as much.

I have never understood adding salt or sugar or anything else to peanutbutter... it's a bizarre concept to me. And I'll second the recommendation for President's Choice brand, for either natural peanut or almond butter.
Diagnosed summer of 2006 with ulcerative proctitis; was flaring for a few months, seems to have subsided for the last two weeks. We shall see how long that lasts...
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   Posted 2/3/2008 10:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I love peanut butter & apples. yum I just use plain old creamy JIF. Peanut butter & bananas are also great.
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   Posted 2/3/2008 4:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I just had peanut butter on toast five minutes ago :) I never have an issue with it


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   Posted 2/3/2008 6:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I can eat a little of it, but too much gives me stomach aches.
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   Posted 2/3/2008 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Depends on if you're allergic or sensitive to it or not. Peanuts are one of the common offenders in delayed food allergies and sensitivities. If peanut butter causes problems, you can try other nut butters like almond and cashew, although tree nuts also are a common offender. (Peanuts are a legume.)
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   Posted 2/3/2008 7:12 PM (GMT -6)   
After all the wonderful feedback I decided to have peanut butter on toast this morning for the first time in ... 12 months or more...

IT WAS SO GOOD! *drools*
"We are dreamers, shapers, singers and makers..." - Elric, elder Technomage
    - 28yo male, Australia. Diagnosed at 16yo;
    - 2xColazide, twice a day; 1x6-mp twice a day; 1xAbatacept 10mg/kg per month;
    - 1xZinc per day, 1xDesert spoon of Metamucil smooth orange 3 times a day;
    - 3xGarlic Oil caps 3 times a day, 7mL Olive Leaf Extract 2 times a day.

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   Posted 2/3/2008 7:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I eat peanut butter toast every morning. It's the only thing my gut will tolerate first thing in the mornings. But has anyone every tried eating peanut butter mixed with maple syrup spread on toast? If you can tolerate maple syrup, I highly recommend it! :)
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   Posted 2/3/2008 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I like toasted peanut butter with jam, I put the PB on first then spread a layer of all natural berry jam on top of it, that's delicious too.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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   Posted 2/3/2008 11:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I love peanut butter on toast, bananas, and apples, and stirred into oatmeal, and peanut butter and honey sandwiches are awesome. I've never had any problems with it and eat it pretty frequently.
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   Posted 2/4/2008 7:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I make myself a peanut butter toasted english muffin every day at work, peanut butter and banana sandwiches are my fav.  I only use the sugar/salt free one.
Dx:  UC Proctitis 2006
Meds:  None so far. Garlic works to ease flares. My GI laughed when I told him and said it was just coincidence.
Diet:  Regular fresh garlic, Biobest yogurt daily, Omega 3 supplements, very limited junk food, carbs and processed food, low fat diet.  Lots of fresh fruit and veggies (limited potatoes). 
Added: tumeric and probiotics.

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   Posted 2/4/2008 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   
so many peanut butter lovers!! i am one too - but it seems to bother me. i don't have a problem with cashew butter (which i found to be even yummier!!) and i can eat creamy almond butter. i get both of these at Trader Joe's - they are way cheaper there than anywhere else...i just had a tablespoon of cashew butter for a snack :)

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   Posted 2/4/2008 2:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Organic peanutbutter is my feel good food while getting over a flare.
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Bunches of vitamins

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   Posted 2/5/2008 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   
At times when I was super naseated, a spoonfull of PB - licked off SLOWLY - was all I could handle. Packed with protien and some nutrients, it was a-ok with me.

HOWEVER, at times it gives me a wicked case of heartburn!!! Probably more to do with my body chemistry that day than the PB itself.

My fav is an organic kind - but I haven't purchased any in SO long that I don't remember the brand!

My dogs like Jif :) It works great to give them their pills when needed.
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