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Jan 16, 2011 11:05 AM

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Is there one ingredient or food that you absolutely cannot "eat in moderation?"

I ask because I am very good about eating all things in moderation, but any time I am present--especially alone--with a jar of peanut butter, I cannot not eat a ton of it. It is absurd because I hardly even like it; I think it is the smell or the fact that I usually never have it that makes it unusual and intriguing to have.

I would be in favor of shipping all peanut butter in the US to other countries.

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  1. For me, it's pretty much any nut or seed butter. I don't usually buy it for this reason, but when I do, I always ask myself why after the first spoonful, since I know that my waist and my skin will be sorry soon. Tip: keeping it in the freezer makes it harder to eat.

    1. I'm like that with some nuts (cashews, walnuts) and, oddly enough, grapes. I make sure to buy only small amounts or else I'd be in trouble.

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      1. re: piccola

        Ditto on the grapes. I can eat a whole bag, no problem. And they're not cheap!

        1. re: KayceeK

          I can eat grapes in moderation, but I'll eat cherries until they make me sick (lotsa fiber in those cherries, you know). Maybe because cherries are one of the most seasonal of all fruits (yeah, you can get insanely expensive Chilean cherries year round, but I won't buy them).

          1. re: KayceeK

            I know, right? Although the price does make me think twice before buying, so that's helpful.

            1. re: piccola

              The price is far lower than one binge on fast food... both on the wallet and the hips, lol!

            2. re: KayceeK

              Me as well, I love cold red grapes especially.

              1. re: piccola

                fresh bing cherries when in season.
                fresh lychee nuts.

              2. French fries. Last week I worked out for an hour before my friend's birthday knowing I'd be eating fries that night. We went to a fantastic French bistro, I got steak frites, and I ate a mountain of frites. Then as we finished another bottle of wine I started slowly picking away at the four other half-eaten piles of fries on the table until they were all gone. It was a record low for self control in my life. I think I ate the equivalent of four super-size fries. I hope my workout counterbalanced the meal, but I'm not so sure.

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                1. re: la2tokyo


                  I call myself a French Fry Whore. I will eat all of mine ... even if they are Sysco Frozen Variety Mark I.
                  And then I will eat yours ... and then anyone else's.

                  1. re: a213b

                    Me too! I always get a little thud in my stomach when I'm with someone who mentions not being able to eat all of their fries(a lot of people are like this!)...because I know I will eat them and I am never too full for fries. Sigh.

                  2. re: la2tokyo

                    Me too. I always vow not to overdo, but once I'm in the throes of a french fry feed, all thoughts of moderation go out the window. This is why I almost never order them for myself -- because I know that if someone else orders them, I will eat as much of their order as I can get away with.

                    1. re: jlafler

                      The fries where I work appear to be Sodium Free, which makes them not even good to me, but sometimes I get them and when I do I eat every got-dam one of them. They have tater tots, too, either undercooked and mushy or so overcooked they're hollow, but either way I eat every damn last one.
                      So I have been hitting the salad bar, which is pretty good, and not going to the grill. The salad bar has a ton of fatty snacks but they charge by the ounce- good built-in discipline.
                      Also I've been taking my lunch a lot too.

                  3. Nutella (or some version of it) -- which is why I never have it in the house. I wish I could buy Nutella in small amounts like freshly ground peanut butter.

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                      1. re: Cathy

                        Oh how interesting! But I would have to buy 96 of them! You'd probably find me with 96 empty open containers by the end of the day.

                        1. re: Miss Needle

                          LOL! not to make matters worse, but you can buy single packets of Justin's nut butters too, and they make choc-hazelnut PB, among others...


                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                            Single packets avail by mail order. I have been unable to find/buy Justin's Nut Butter in single packets locally. And the only way I can enjoy the variety is by purchasing them by the box online. The choc-hazelnut is actually my least favorite, tho.

                            Have you found a local source for this brand, ghg?

                            1. re: HillJ

                              ugh, i hate to give them any business, but Whole Paycheck sells the singles. here's their retail partners page - not sure where you are in Jersey, so i don't know if any of these stores are near you:

                              if you're ever in NYC, i think i remember seeing them at Amish Market or Garden of Eden.

                              1. re: HillJ

                                Our local Voldemart, whoops Wal-Mart has them.

                                1. re: pickychicky1979

                                  Our local NJ WF only carries jars and Wal-Mart....well (sorry folks) I don't enter WM.

                                  1. re: HillJ

                                    with you on WM.

                                    WF would probably try stocking them to see how they sell if you ask...i may not have many positive things to say about them, but they're usually pretty good about at least testing out products/options that have worked at other locations.

                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                      Yeah, I'll ask CS next time I'm there. FWIW, the mail order isn't awful but if I can avoid s/h to buy more PB I'd be happier.

                                      1. re: HillJ

                                        Amazon Prime. gotta love free 2-day shipping :)

                                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                          nk, Amazon sells it. I'm always surprised by their food section. Next time I place an Amazon order, I'll check it out.

                                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                            Yes, and if you happen to be a student the first year is free!

                              2. re: Miss Needle

                                It's easy to make a variation of it -- melt chocolate, grind up some toasted hazelnuts, add confectioner's sugar and a little salt and oil (I like to use olive oil). Google "chocolate hazelnut spread" or "homemade nutella" and you'll find lots of recipes. You can make as little or as much as you like.

                                1. re: Pia

                                  Thanks. I should try it at some point. Got a couple of lbs of chocolate lying around (that I can keep around with no problem) and some hazelnuts.

                                  GHG, I'm also a sucker for PB with nutella. I see PB and nutella sandwich in my future!

                                  And ediblover -- unfortunately I don't need bread to enjoy Nutella. If I required bread like you, I would probably also not have a problem with it as I never have that stuff around. But I find that nutella is also great on rice crackers, pancakes, spoon, my finger.

                                2. re: Miss Needle

                                  my local gelson's grocery store sells an organic, imported Italian brand of Hazelnut/Chocolate that makes nutella seem awful by comparison.
                                  no trans fats, no artificial anything in it.
                                  i ate a couple of jars worth with a spoon before i admitted that i have no control with the stuff.

                                  1. re: westsidegal

                                    is it Rigoni di Asiago? that stuff is deadly...and i mean that in the best possible way :)

                                    1. re: westsidegal

                                      Yeah, I actually don't eat the Nutella brand. Just used "Nutella" for convenience because I figured that's what most people would be aware of. Kind of like using the word "Kleenex" for tissues.

                                  2. Lately, I've had to not buy the Trader Joe's dried and sweetened green mango - it's tangy, sweet and comes in leeetle pieces that go down easy and quickly. Hard to stop. Also have issues w/marshmallows, bakery goods, Cheetos . . . basically, carbs! My idea of heavenly comfort food is boiled white jasmine rice with butter and salt. Lots of salt. Cannot stop eating that if I let myself start!


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                                    1. re: gansu girl

                                      That green mango is delicious! It actually reminds me of sweetened dried pineapple. But the mango isn't bad as far as an indulgence goes. I don't think it's too high in calories, plus it has fiber and no fat, so a bag (or two) won't add too many pounds.

                                      1. re: Isolda

                                        plus it has fiber and no fat, so a bag (or two) won't add too many pounds.
                                        depends on the person. some of us would gain weight far more easily from all that concentrated sugar than we would from a couple tablespoons of nut butter.

                                        1. re: Isolda

                                          Yes, I suppose as indulgences go it's on the healthier end of the spectrum, but there is a TON of sugar in that stuff and not only to I feel awful when I eat too much (usually a low sugar kinda person) but the number of calories (even if accompanied by fiber & fat free) = extra poundage for this mama if she's not careful . . . . dried fruit in general is tough that way - very calorie dense!


                                          1. re: Isolda

                                            Isolda, from a nutritionist speaking, fat and fiber are not the factor in weight gain, it's calories (from the sugar) and how your body processes that kind. Your statement reminds me of the 90s diet no-fat (more calories) fad.

                                          2. re: gansu girl

                                            trader joes , in their freezer case, carries frozen prepared organic jasmine rice that can be heated up in a microwave.. . . .

                                            maybe you didn't need to know this)

                                            1. re: gansu girl

                                              Since you like both butter and a lot of salt, have you tried soy sauce? Soy sauce, butter and rice is one of my favorite simple but great combos (there's more than one discussion on the deliciousness of soy sauce and butter).

                                              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                                What are the proportions? I've seen posts on the combo (sometimes with balsamic added), but the one time I made it, I musta used too much butter or something.. it was icky.

                                                Obvy, I don't need a recipe, but ... yeah, some proportions would help. Cause I can really see that sauce on a lot of things :-D

                                                1. re: linguafood

                                                  Uh, I have no idea. Depends on how you're going to use it. Generally, I start with the butter (or buttered rice) and add soy sauce until it tastes good to me. It also depends on the butter you use and the soy sauce you use! If I had to guess, I'd say somewhere in the neighborhood of 3:1 butter to soy sauce.

                                                  1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                                    Interesting. Last time I made it, I thought there was too much butter in it, and it was maybe 2:1 or 3:1.

                                                    1. re: linguafood

                                                      As I said, it depends on what you're going to use it for. For me, it's basically a flavored butter, but you may be thinking of it more as a flavored soy sauce- type dipping sauce.

                                                2. re: Ruth Lafler

                                                  hey, wait a minute, I don't need SUGGESTIONS on how to FEED this problem, friends! but Ruth, this sounds delicious and no, I haven't tried it . . . yet.


                                                  1. re: gansu girl

                                                    One of our roles here on chowhound is to be enablers for our fellow chowers!

                                                  2. re: Ruth Lafler

                                                    When I don't feel like cooking, I just have quinoa with butter and soy sauce. I think it's important to add a small amt of butter and then add more if needed...otherwise it is possible to get too much(ditto with the soy sauce).