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Old 07-25-2008, 08:38 AM   #1
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Peanuts, counts as protein too?

Hey all. Just did a search and looked through 3 pages of results, didn't find what I was looking for, nor have I found it in the CFJ 21 or on the zonediet.com site. So here's a new thread, hope that some of you guys might be able to help me out.

I love peanuts, and so does the Zone diet. All great, expect for one thing; Peanuts count as fat, not protein. Why? When I look at nutrition fact table it says:
pr. 100 g:
629 kcal
Protein: 28 g
Fat: 51 g
Carbohydrate: 12g

So as you can see, there' s a pretty high among of protein in peanuts as well as fat, which I'm sure most of you already know. But then why are peanuts only counted as 1 block of fat and not protein? Don't you get too much protein in a meal with peanuts if you count it towards fat and not protein?
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Old 07-25-2008, 10:38 AM   #2
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Re: Peanuts, counts as protein too?

Peter, on the zone diet, you generally only count the predominant macronutrient (for simplicity purposes...) If you counted the trace macros, you would end up eating far too few calories anyway (it is restrictive enough as it is!)

So for peanuts, sure they have some protein, but about 75% of the calories come from fat. Therefore, they are counted as a 'fat source'.

Most vegetables have small amounts of protein in them, but are counted as a carb.

Meat can have a considerable amount of fat, but is counted as a protein.

The only thing I can think of that is counted as a 'combo' item is milk/plain yogurt. One cup of either counts as both a protein and a carbohydrate block.

Hope this clears it up for you a bit!
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Old 07-26-2008, 12:29 AM   #3
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Re: Peanuts, counts as protein too?

Thanks a lot
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Old 07-26-2008, 05:28 AM   #4
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Re: Peanuts, counts as protein too?

Just another quick question. In one peanut there's two nuts. When I count up peanuts, is one peanut actually two, or what? Hope you get the question
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Old 07-26-2008, 05:36 AM   #5
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Re: Peanuts, counts as protein too?

I tend to just go by weight rather than by nut count - so much more exact.
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Old 07-26-2008, 05:53 AM   #6
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Re: Peanuts, counts as protein too?

I agree, I actually hate it when people use tsp/Tbp. Nonetheless, a lot of recipes uses those measurements. I haven't come by a table anywhere that states the weight of peanuts for 1 block fat (Mastering the Zone just say 6 nuts = 1 block fat). You wouldn't know the number ?

And please if you have a link with more "block-link" then post that too. I'm just in the middle of trying to make a 7 day plan.
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Old 07-26-2008, 06:07 AM   #7
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Re: Peanuts, counts as protein too?

You can use (wfs) www.nutritiondata.com to determine weight for most foods.
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Old 07-26-2008, 08:56 AM   #8
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Cool, looks like a great tool.
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Old 07-26-2008, 03:43 PM   #9
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Re: Peanuts, counts as protein too?

You know what's interesting? My dad has diabetes and sees a diabetes nutritionist. For one thing, I think he's still eating WAY too many carbs (the specialist says 60 g per meal ). But the other thing that's weird is that the nutritionist counts PB as protein, like a substitute or something. I just shook my head
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Old 07-26-2008, 04:21 PM   #10
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Re: Peanuts, counts as protein too?

Why should we look at each food item in such simplistic terms as being either protein, carbs, or fat? Some foods have high concentrations of fat and protein.

Just because the Zone uses that classification for the simplicity of incorporating it into a blocking system does not mean the simplistic system should be applied when asking more complex questions.

Peanuts are both high in fat AND protein. Amazing.

Why try to pigeonhole it into an either/or scenario? Following this Zone blocking mentality pigeonholes your solutions by making you think you need to classify peanuts as fat or protein, when in reality peanuts are high in fat and protein.

The whole blocking system in my opinion is fatally flawed because it creates mass confusion when taking into account foods that are high in multiple macro-nutrients, opening up an entire hornets nest of questions of how to integrate something as simple as peanuts into your daily diet.
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