In 1999 Science Daily published the Peanut Butter Diet. The healthy idea behind it came from research about MUFAs or monounsaturated (healthy) fats that are found in foods such as peanuts, olive and other vegetable oils, nuts and seeds, olives, and dark chocolate. That year the American Heart Association stated that the low-fat diets, the craze at the time, didn’t contain healthy fat. The next craze, The Peanut Butter Diet, was short lived. Some were allergic to it. Others didn’t find it appealing enough to eat every day.
But, MUFAs are an important nutrient that the “seed gathering” homo sapiens species requires. A few avocado slices or 1/8 cup of unsalted (without-the-shell because shells are hard to digest) pumpkin (also known as pepitas) or sunflower seeds is all your body needs. Saute’ vegetables in a teaspoon of olive oil. In other words, we need MUFAs, but like meat, we don’t need much. Calories in nuts is fairly high– 1/4 cup is 180 calories for pumpkin or sunflower seeds.