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niccole Mar 16, 2007 09:23 AM

hi all

last night i put an order in ( 4 min ) for PB2 peanut butter. I am on WW and heard that this powder form PB is very tasty for "what it is"...i guess they press all the fat out so its not bad for you. has anyone ever had this? ill report back as soon as i get it!

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    ChayaFradle Mar 9, 2010 10:34 AM

    I can't LIVE without this product. All you do is add some water to it and mix it up. I add some Splenda or Stevia, and mix it with the 0 cal p.b. you can find in some markets, along with a tbsp of regular Old Fashioned no salt added PB, and it is GREAT!!!! I'm upset that Bell Plantation is currently out of it, but they said that they will send it AFTER they get some orders. I think everyone is strapped for money, so they have to do it that way. Absolutely doesn't raise my blood sugars (I'm diabetic), and on some diets they say to CUT OUT peanut butter. Well, I don't HAVE to cut it out if I have the powdered form with no fat! Yes, I would recommend this!

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      Laura D. Mar 29, 2007 04:18 PM

      Niccole,
      Now that you've had the stuff for a little while, would you say you made a good decision by ordering PB2 and that you'd both do it again and encourage others to do it?

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        niccole Mar 29, 2007 05:34 PM

        Laura

        I am VERY happy i bought it. i ordered 8 jars and kept 2 for myself. ( the other 6 went to my WW ladies ) i am almost finished with the first jar.

        i have eaten it everyday for a week and i am highly satisfied!!! i have not experimented at all, only putting it on a WW english muffin.

        for someone who must watch their weight and cannot live w/o PB, i would definetely recommend PB2.

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          Laura D. Mar 29, 2007 05:44 PM

          I think I might just have to suck it up and order some (it really isn't that expensive and I'm sure I could pawn off the jars on someone should I find I dislike it). It is astounding how much peanut butter I eat on my own. And, while I'm not on a diet persay, it's always nice to try to cut down on fat and calories when I am able to, so getting rid of some of the many PB fat grams and calories would be great! Thanks for providing your opinions about this product--always nice to hear from an actual consumer what they thought of something before taking the plunge and purchasing it for oneself. Thanks again and good luck with weight watchers.

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            Jacey Mar 29, 2007 06:40 PM

            I've had mine for a week now and have gone through 1 1/2 jars...crazy, I know. I'll eat it straight up (mixed with water) or mix it in with cottage cheese, jam, splenda and cinnamon (delish) or put it fage. I'm definitely going to order more. However, I measure it out and I'm not sure if there are really 16 servings (as the label says).

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        keritusa Mar 26, 2007 02:24 PM

        I just got mine in this weekend - I think it's DELICIOUS! I am a huge peanut butter fan, and I'll definitely still enjoy natural peanut butter from time to time, but this is great for a quick, guilt-free, low-calorie snack. It tastes really natural & peanut-y to me, though definitely not as "dense" as regular peanut butter - more airy or whipped. So far I've only tried it reconstituted & spread on an apple.

        1. JugglerDave Mar 23, 2007 09:20 AM

          There's a little sleight-of-hand with the nutritional comparisons of PB2 and Peanut Butter.

          12g of the PB2 has 55 calories, 2.84g fat, 3.75g carb, 4.37 protein. Then you mix it with a Tbsp (15g) of water to get your finished product.

          A 32 g serving of Peanut Butter is 190 calories, 16g fat, 6g carb, 8g protein.

          Comparing weight-to-weight (32g PB2) = 145 calories, 7.5g fat, 10g carb, 11.65g protein. So basically the powder has 1/2 the fat of real PB, 65% more carbs, and 50% more protein. But only 25% less calories.

          OK, lastly, what this really means is that you need 22 grams of "PB2" to equal one serving of peanut butter from a protein/carb nutrition factor, not the 12 grams stated on their web site. 100 calories. But you WOULD be saving 11g of fat in that serving.

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            Jacey Mar 23, 2007 04:47 PM

            I'm slightly confused. Are you adding bulk with the water or is the nutritional information wrong? Math has never been my high point!

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              JugglerDave Mar 24, 2007 06:56 AM

              From the website, it looks like for PB2 you start with 12g of powder, then add a tablespoon of water, to get 2 tablespoons of reconstituted peanut butter consistency stuff.

              I guess what I was saying is that their serving size of 12g has less of the "good" peanut butter nutrition (protein/carbs) and that a real equivalent is 22g of their PB2 powder to be the same as 32g of real peanut butter but with less fat.

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                Emme Mar 24, 2007 09:06 PM

                Math is my strong suit, and this doesn't make sense to me...

                PB2 you can use w/o reconstituting it... So if I mix it into yogurt, I get 55 extra cals. If I use two tablespoons and mix with water, I still get 55 calories. There's no reason why I would necessarily *use* 32 grams of PB2, then reconstitute it, and end up w/ way more than 32 grams, so on a volume comparison, the PB2 still wins out.

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                  Laura D. Mar 25, 2007 06:03 AM

                  I'm not too much of a math person but I think I do understand what JugglerDave is saying. On a weight to weight comparison, the difference in fat and calorie content between regular peanut butter and PB2 is not as different as it might appear. Generally foods are portioned by weight (hence why different types of cereals have different volume serving sizes but often a similar weight serving size). So, while we generally think of how much peanut butter we eat in terms of volume (i.e. 2 tablespoons per serving) JugglerDave is just trying to point out the fact that 2 tablespoons of PB2 is a very different portion, weight-wise as well as macro-nutritionally, than 2 tablespoons of regular peanut butter. For some people this "fluffy" factor will be great because they'll eat the same amount of a calorically less dense food without even knowing it. And, for some people they'll have to eat more of the calorically less dense food to make up for the lack of volume, hence eating the same amount of fat and calories, just spread out in a larger amount. I believe JugglerDave is also trying to make the point that to get the amount of good stuff (protein, good fats, etc) that regular peanut butter has to offer, and to get it in the form of PB2, one must eat a lot more PB2 than the serving size indicated on the package. If your goal is weight-loss then this might not be a big deal. If your goal is to reap all of the benefits that a food such as peanut butter can offer to the body, then it is something to consider.

                  At least I think that is part of what JugglerDave is trying to allude to...feel free to correct me if I am wrong. Thanks!

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                    julesrules Mar 25, 2007 07:04 AM

                    I think this is a good explanation, but. Isn't all the fat in regular, all-natural PB "good" fat? My assumption is that WW followers want to get *rid of* the fat - good or bad, it's all bad to them (it will of course be replaced by something: water, carbs and/or protein).
                    I do happen to think natural PB is a healthy food in small quantities so I probably wouldn't buy this product myself, but I can see how it makes sense for PB lovers trying to follow a low-fat diet. On the other hand, if a consumer is trying to get healthy PB fat, then I assume they would stick with a full-fat natural PB.
                    BTW my husband's doctor specifically recommended natural PB for his incipient cholesterol problem (he is not overweight).

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                      julesrules Mar 25, 2007 07:17 AM

                      Never mind, I assumed "good stuff" included the healthy fat, which I guess I see as the distiniguishing nutrient of PB (protein and carbs being readily available elsewhere).

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                        ChayaFradle Mar 9, 2010 10:37 AM

                        Yes, it's good fat. That's why I use about one tablespoon of regular old fashioned Scudders with no salt mixed in with the powdered form. You get a DROP more calories, but all the flavor and the goodness (vitamin E) of the peanut oil.

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                        JugglerDave Mar 25, 2007 07:06 AM

                        Laura D that's exactly right!

                        My bottom line that 1 "real" portion of PB2 is 22grams (plus water) from a nutritional point of view, has the same amount of protein/carbs as 32g of real peanut butter but with 11g less fat and about 90 fewer calories than real peanut butter.

                        You can always do other things, like sprinkle it dry into yogurt, or make 2 TB of "PB2 butter with water", and it's great that there is a 55 calorie alternative. But you're getting less of the good stuff that way, portion wise.

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                          Emme Mar 25, 2007 09:58 AM

                          And I guess my point less eloquently said was that you aren't necessarily going to use them in the same weights... Kind of like comparing raw spinach by weight w/ tomatoes, if you ask me, since I won't consume them in the same weights... I understood the math, just didn't necessarily see that that analysis was the most apt for this circumstance... Yeah, hi my name is Emme, and I'm type A.

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                        beau10 Nov 3, 2011 10:31 AM

                        Thanks Emme, You pushed me over the "I donnoo" line to the "Okey-dokey - I'll try it" side and will give it a bite. Many beaucoup mercis.

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                    JAVDMC May 31, 2011 09:01 PM

                    PB2 is unbelievable! I'm in a weight management progam that uses liquid shakes (HMR) and adding PB2 to the vanilla shake along with ice and a bit of water makes the shake awesome. As a recovering "regular PB junkie", PB2 is really true to taste. I even recently reconstituted it with water and it's great.

                    As to the calorie count above from JugglerDave, 12g of PB2 makes two tablespoons, so the calorie comparison is as follows:

                    FAT: PB2 has 2.84 grams of fat or 25.56 fat calories (fat is 9 calories per gram), regular PB has 16 grams of fat, which is 144 fat calories, so PB2 has only 18% of the fat that regular PB has (25 cals/144 cals).

                    PROTEIN: PB2 has 4.37 grams or 17.48 protein calories (protein is 4 calories per gram), regular PB has 8 grams of protein or 32 protein calories, so PB2 has 55% of the protein calories (17.48 cals/32 cals).

                    CARBS: PB2 has 3.75 grams of carbs or 15 carb calories (carbs are 4 calories per gram) and regular PB has 6 grams of carbs or 24 carb calories, so PB2 has 63% of the carbs calories (15 cals/24 cals).

                    Overall, PB2 is an excellent product that is all natural and a great way to save calories and still satisfy that peanut butter craving. If it wasn't excellent, it wouldn't be sold out on almost every website.

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                    piccola Mar 22, 2007 04:18 PM

                    I bought a similar product called "Better than Peanut Butter" - which isn't. It's okay, but waaaaay too sweet and it has a little aftertaste. I'm hoping PB2 is better...

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                      Jacey Mar 22, 2007 04:58 PM

                      I've had both, and let me tell you, PB2 is ten times better. I think it tastes like the real thing. Better than Peanut Butter has an aftertaste, this doesn't. However, whenever something is so low calorie I almost think it's too good to be true (remember those banana crisps at TJs?). I really hope this is not the case.

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                      Jacey Mar 22, 2007 03:12 PM

                      I just got my four jars in the mail today. Tested it out and all I have to say is OMG! This stuff is amazing. It tastes just like the real thing. I mixed in a little splenda and a bit of hot chocolate mix....delicious.

                      1. mamaciita Mar 18, 2007 07:21 PM

                        Interesting product--the manufacturer's web site says that PB2 has the same mouthfeel as full-fat peanut butter. Two tablespoons has 54 calories and 2.8 grams of fat.

                        I can't wait for your review!

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                          salemjan Mar 18, 2007 10:29 AM

                          PLEASE keep us posted! I'm on WW myself, and always looking for great products.

                          salemjan

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                            niccole Mar 18, 2007 06:40 PM

                            i will report back as soon as i get it! im very excited because i have basically sworn off PB the last 5 weeks since starting WW. i never, ever knew how high in fat PB actually was.

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                              dietfoodie Mar 18, 2007 06:47 PM

                              I was pretty horrified too when I discovered how high in fat it was -- and the 'reduced fat' versions are usually not much better. I do occasionally splurge on the Peter Pan Whipped (it's a little lower fat and the texture makes it seem as if you're getting more per serving) but the whole salmonella thing has made it hard to find around here lately (yes, I'm willing to risk death for the occasional pb&j sandwich).

                              So I'm excited to hear how this stuff works too!

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                                luvell Mar 11, 2010 05:55 PM

                                How do I order this I'am in Burlington ontario Canada?
                                Dying to try it!!!PLEASE HELP!!!!!

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                                hrhboo Mar 22, 2007 07:47 PM

                                I buy the natural kind and pour out all the oil from the top, leaving the peanut paste behind. It makes a big difference to the calorie content and I don't miss the oil at all.

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                                  ChayaFradle Mar 9, 2010 10:36 AM

                                  I tried that, but it makes a very HARD, difficult to spread p.b. If you mix it up with the powdered form and water, that's much better.

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                              atomic Mar 17, 2007 06:02 PM

                              I'm very very curious about this product. I can see it being very good for peanut butter cookies, pie crust, things like that. I could also imagine making peanut butter cups with them.

                              Look forward to hearing your opinions on it!

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