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How Many Calories Are in Peanut Sauce?

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author image Brian Willett
Brian Willett began writing in 2005. He has been published in the "Buffalo News," the "Daytona Times" and "Natural Muscle Magazine." Willett also writes for Bloginity.com and Bodybuilding.com. He is an American Council on Exercise-certified personal trainer and earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of North Carolina.
How Many Calories Are in Peanut Sauce?
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As the culinary website Chowhound.com explains, peanut sauce is popular in many Asian cultures, and can be used for dipping, as a salad dressing or as a sauce for noodles. Although some sauces tend to be low in calories, peanut sauce is high in calories due to the peanuts.

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Calories

According to LIVESTRONG's food database MyPlate, a two-tablespoon serving of peanut sauce contains 60 calories. This is significantly more calories than many other sauces contain; for example, barbecue sauce may contain just 45 calories per two tablespoon serving, according to MyPlate.

Fat

Peanuts are high in fat, and peanut sauce contains some fat as a result. MyPlate explains that two tablespoons of peanut sauce contain anywhere from two to three grams of fat, with one gram of saturated fat.

Carbohydrates

Two tablespoons of peanut sauce contain seven to nine grams of carbohydrates, according to MyPlate. The website notes that this serving contains .5 to 1.5 grams of fiber and four to eight grams of sugar.

The National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health explain that while carbohydrates are your body's main source of fuel, you should limit sugar intake, as it provides calories but little nutritional value.

Protein

Peanut sauce is low in protein, with zero to 1.5 grams in each two tablespoon serving, according to MyPlate.

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