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Low-Cal Peanut Butter Is a Dream for Dieters

PB2(NEW YORK) -- If eating peanut butter straight from the jar is wreaking havoc on your waistline, a new low-cal powdered option might be worth a try.

Two new powdered peanut butters on the market are offering the same delicious taste of peanut butter at a fraction of the calories and fat.

The new products, Just Great Stuff Organic Powdered Peanut Butter and PB2, both contain 45 calories and zero saturated fat in a 2-tablespoon portion.  The products are free of preservatives and artificial sweeteners.

Traditional peanut butter weighs in at about 190 calories and 3 grams of saturated fat for a 2-tablespoon portion.  But regular peanut butter contains more protein and fiber, compared with the powdered substitute.

The company website states that PB2 removes over “85% of the fat from premium quality peanuts.”

“Essentially, the oil is squeezed out of roasted peanuts and what remains is our famous powdered peanut butter – all natural with no artificial sweeteners or preservatives.”

The products have already generated a cult following, including Weight Watchers’ customers looking for a peanut butter solution without all of the points.

“This product is fantastic, all the yummy goodness of peanut butter without the hefty calories that usually comes with it,” one reviewer raves on the site.

Both companies also offer chocolate peanut butter options but testers generally prefer the original.  The powder can be used in many different recipes for added peanut flavor without the fat.

Just Great Stuff’s Organic Powdered Peanut Butter is available online and in natural food stores at $8.50 for a 6.5oz jar.  PB2 is available across the country or online and offers four 6.5oz jars for $15.96.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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