Peanut butter lovers unite! Since November is Peanut Butter Lovers month, we decided to share some benefits of America's favorite nut butter.
To stay on the healthy end of the peanut butter consumption scale, stick with 2 tablespoons of peanut butter. Just 2 tablespoons pack in 7 grams of protein. As a protein-rich food, when you eat peanut butter you feel fuller for longer. It’s also good for building and repairing muscles, which is especially important after an intense workout.
Your 2-tablespoon serving of peanut butter not only packs in lots of protein, but also gives you 2 grams of fiber. Fiber is important for helping you feel fuller longer and supporting digestion.
A common worry about eating peanut butter is the fat content. However, peanut butter contains more unsaturated fat than saturated fat. This means, it’s actually a great source of healthy fats. A healthy body needs a good supply of healthy fats.
Helps With Weight Loss
Peanut butter is a high calorie food, however, when adding it to meals or snacks. Protein and quality fat will keep you satisfied plus, stabilize blood sugar. This will limit or reduce sugar cravings throughout the day.
Try to incorporate peanut butter into your breakfast by adding it to toast or by making one of the shakes below.
Buying The Right Peanut Butter
Not all peanut butters are made the same, so shop with care. Don’t just go by the percentage of fat. This will be fairly similar across most brands and is not the best indication of whether a peanut butter is good for you. Here are some quick little tips to help you make a decision.
All Natural Peanut Butter
Buy all natural peanut butter if you want to minimize your intake of unhealthy fats. Natural nut butters usually have peanuts as their main ingredient while others can sometimes contain other artificial ingredients and added oils to enhance the taste and decrease production cost.
The sugar content on the peanut butter is a key factor. Commercial peanut butter brands can have up to 250 mg more sugar than natural brands per tablespoon.
Look out for the sodium content on the ingredients list on your peanut butter. Again, natural brands usually have less sodium. Look for brands that contain 100 mg or less.