If you have ever taken on a diet and searched online for advice then I am sure that many people would have recommended adding peanut butter to your daily diet… But it begs the question, is peanut butter good for you?
At a first glance you would be inclined to think that peanut butter is indeed a bad option due to the fact that it packs a mighty 190-200 calories per serving… And a serving is pretty small!
When many people take on a diet the first thing they look to do is restrict their calorie intake… Which is a good idea if you know you are over-eating. However, judging a food only by its calorie content is also not the best way to move forward with your diet..
I am sure if you have every tried a calorie restrictive diet, one of the main reasons you may have stopped is because you are always feeling hungry? That is why calorie deficit is not your friend for long-term weight loss.
Benefits of Peanut Butter
So we know it packs calories, but what does peanut butter offer to balance the scales in its favour.
Firstly it has a great balance of fibre and protein… With around 2g of fibre and 8g of protein per serving it will fill you up and make you feel fuller for longer.
This helps you to avoid snacking and over-eating during the day.
As well as the fibre and protein content it also packs several key nutrients and minerals such as: Vitamin E, Magnesium, Potassium & Vitamin B6.
Not only that but many studies have actually found that peanut butter can help to reduce your risk of diabetes by up to 30% as well as protect you again heart disease.
I am sure by now you understand that there is more than one type of fat and they are now often categorized as ‘good fats’ and ‘bad fats’.
Peanut butter falls firmly into the ‘good fats’ bracket.
If you get a healthy amount of good fats into your diet at the expense of bad fats then it will not only help you to lose weight but also ensure your body has the right balance of nutrition that is often lost when people opt for calorie restrictive diets.
In conclusion we believe that peanut butter is good for you.
Our advice is to eat it in moderation, as with everything these days make sure you don’t overdo it. Limit yourself to a maximum of 2 tablespoons per-day as part of your diet plan to help you avoid snacking and keeping yourself feeling fuller for longer.
We would love to know how you get peanut butter into your diets? Do you consume it daily?