Do Soccer Players Need to Avoid Peanut Butter?

Q: Should I avoid peanut butter because it has 16 grams of fat?

No! About 25 percent of your calories can appropriately come from fat. That means the typical female athlete can enjoy 600 calories (about 65 grams) of fat per day. Peanut butter can easily fit within your fat budget.

Plus, peanut butter's fat is health-protective; it has an anti-inflammatory effect. People who enjoy peanut butter and nuts five or more times a week reduce their risk of heart disease and diabetes by more than 20 percent.

Perhaps you want to enjoy peanut butter twice a day? As for me, I enjoy two peanut butter and honey sandwiches just about every day. Yum!

Read more tips like these in "Food Guide for Soccer--Tips & Recipes From the Pros" by Gloria Averbuch and Nancy Clark, RD. The book addresses nutrition questions and concerns of soccer athletes of all ages, and offers almost 50 recipes from players in Women's Professional Soccer. Find the book at or at

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