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Hi all, I just wanted to thank anyone who suggested eating some high fat/peanut butter before bed. I've been waking several times during the night for the past month or so, in that "feeling sorry for myself" stage and dreading the next night. Last night, I ate a heaping teaspoon of peanut butter before bed and I didn't wake up once. What a difference - this morning I woke not feeling like a zombie for the first time in a long time. Thank you so much! Smiler
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I went to a diet seminar given by a Yale cardiologist's registered dietician and she said that peanut butter is, anomalously, both one of the healthiest and unhealthiest foods in our society. This is because commercially processed peanut butters like Skippy, Jif et al have the much sought after peanut oil removed and then replaced with cheap, unhealthy oils like palm and cottonseed. She said commercially processed peanut butters like Skippy, Jif etc. rank at the top of her list as one of the unhealthiest things you can eat as far as cardiovascular health as it will really help block up the arteries.

She said natural peanut butter, on the other hand, is one of the healthiest things you can eat. Higher in monounsaturated fats and that is the key. I buy natural ground peanut and almond butters every week and they are certainly a healthy staple of any J Poucher's diet as a source of protein and good fat.

Just remember that in eating for your Pouch, you cannot forget about the rest of your body- namely your heart and arteries.

That is true for jars of prepared natural peanut butter, but if you natural grind whole peanuts at a health food store or yourself, the resulting puree is relatively smooth and creamy. You can do a little at a time so you don't have to worry about storage issues.

I usually buy mine at Whole Foods Market. I grind the whole peanuts into a puree which spills from the dispenser into a small plastic container, enough to last me a week or so. Smooth and creamy, no storage issues. I read somewhere with natural peanut butter you grind, it's best to use it within 3 weeks.
On the other hand a spoon of peanut butter of any variety is not likely to have a huge impact on your overall health one way or another.

My point is that of course it is best to have the most nutritious form of any food, but you also need to factor in convenience, availability, and price. If you like Skippy or Jif, don't beat yourself up about it, especially if it serves your needs. Just don't eat large amounts every day.

Jan Smiler
Add my name to the list of peanut butter lovers. I have to have a bedtime snack or I wake up starving so peanut butter on a GF substrate (caramel rice cake - yum!) is a regular for me.

I love Trader Joes All Natural Salted Creamy Peanut Butter. A wise woman told me to open it, throw away a couple tablespoons of the oil, then stir until it's all blended. Then store the jar upside down in the fridge. You'll never stir that jar again!

Mmmmmm good!
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I didn't know my post would bring out all of you peanut butter addicts! I buy Teddie's smooth, unsalted peanut butter from Stop & Shop. It's just peanuts, delicious and very affordable. I have it every morning on an english muffin. Actually, on days when I really need my plumbing to be as cooperative as possible, I'll eat nothing but peanut butter on various things. KNKLHEAD, I'd be curious to know if it calms your ileo at night. I'm scheduled for my perm ileo surgery in January so I'm taking notes.
I bought a natural peanut butter spread concoction of peanuts, bananas, and raisins called "Monkey Boy", made by the Saratoga Peanut Butter Company. It's all natural, and the only ingredients are peanuts, bananas and raisins, no added sugar or oils or anything else. Very tasty!

The motto of this company is "We Started at Nuts and Then Went Crazy." It seems appropriate!
Way back the '70's when I went to visit my God-sister at the U or Miami, they shared their favorite after class snack with me...whole grain, toasted sliced bread, peanut butter (thickly spread), honey and raisins...
Now, I figure that this is about as high calorie as you can get in 1 sandwich was lovely, tasty and addictive...sometimes they sliced bananas on it instead of raisins (if you use both bananas and raisins, one of them slides off!).
Years later when I was on a health food kick (not very k pouch friendly) I would mix granola with raisins, peanut butter and heat up the peanut butter and honey first, pour it over an oven pain spread with the granola and raisins (you can add other dried fruits like dried cherries, cranberries etc) and then mix with a wooden spoon...then roll into balls or press into bars...
I would take them to work with me for a healthy snack...
You can use homemade rolled oats or ready made and I have even tried to 'bake it for 10 minutes on medium to give it that nutty, crunchy taste...
Wonderful but beware of the effect of granola on your blocages or pouches...(great thickener...not what I need)

Peanuts are not considered nuts, they are considered legumes. It's true that they are banned from most paleo diets. It's also true that on SIBO diets you are supposed to limit legume intake. I supposed if I was eating a jar a day it would not be a good idea......but I am not. I have a tiny bit of natural peanut butter on fruit. I don't eat a ton of it. A bigger culprit would be peanut butter with added sugar or palm oil as mentioned earlier in the thread. These should be avoided completely.

My understanding of the problem with peanuts for these diets are lectins....which create a risk of coronary heart disease. I have already had my stress test and been told that I have less than 1% of ever getting cardiovascular disease. Persons with IBD are more at risk for coronart artery disease and those who have a history of heart disease in their family should be more worried about their peanut butter intake than those with SIBO (although this is debated by the experts).

More on the impact on SIBO here:

"As for diet, Dr. Mullin says dietary modification is essential to treatment but will not by itself cure SIBO. He recommends a diet low in fructose and especially avoiding foods containing high fructose corn syrup. Patients should also avoid agave nectar, honey, apples, pears, peaches, mangoes, watermelon, coconut and dried fruits and fruit juices. In his book The Inside Tract, Dr. Mullin also advises avoiding fructans (a type of carbohydrate found in wheat and rye, inulin, and fructo-oligosaccarides added to foods as a fiber supplement). Fructans also occur in a number of vegetables including artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, chicory, garlic, leeks, okra, onions, radicchio, lettuces shallots, and snow peas. It is also important to limit intake of legumes (including beans, peas lentils and peanuts), which encourage bacterial overgrowth and gas production. You don’t have to avoid all of these foods forever. Instead, the idea is to cut back on the ones that are most problematic, which are likely to be wheat, apples, pears and raw onions."

Regarding the lectins in peanuts:

"Peanuts contain a unique, disruptive protein called a lectin. While lectins in other legumes are largely destroyed in the cooking process, the peanut lectins are not destroyed by heat, and are resistant to digestion. This means they arrive in your gut largely intact, and can fool your gut lining into letting them through, and into the bloodstream. Once inside the body, these peanut lectins provoke an immune response, promoting systemic inflammation."
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