Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is one of the many foods that has been placed under the spotlight over the years. Receiving many health claims, is it good for you? Is it bad for you? Leaving you dazed and confused on whether or not this guilt-ridden indulgence is even good for consumption. 

It seems you can add peanut butter to virtually everything. You can add it to smoothies, protein shakes, sandwiches, on top of bananas, heck, you can even eat it straight from the jar!

So what exactly is so bad about peanut butter? Well I guess you're just going to have to read to find out. Although, I will say the good outweighs the bad! :)

What type of fat is found in peanut butter?
Fats are essential for our diet and each type of fat provides a different health benefit. More than half of the fat found in peanut butter is monounsaturated. Monounsaturated fat is a type of healthy fat that can help reduce your levels of bad cholesterol in your blood. Lowering your bad cholesterol can reduce your risk of developing heart disease and having a stroke. That is why it is important to incorporate a variety of healthy fats into your diet.

So, is peanut butter bad for me?
My favorite saying is "everything in moderation." Being that peanut butter is rich in fat, yes, too much can be a bad thing. Like I stated earlier, each type of fat offers you a different health benefit. You want to consume a variety of healthy fats, in moderation, to provide your body with the correct nutrients it needs. 

How does peanut butter help me lose weight?
A serving of peanut butter, which is 2 tablespoons, contains about 7g of protein and 2g of fiber. Pairing this with a low-glycemic carbohydrate (see my note below) can help maximize your satiety. This causes you to consume less in a sitting, in turn, being great for weight loss and weight management in the long run. 

If you restrict yourself from your favorite foods you have a higher tendency to fall off the wagon. It's ok to indulge, in moderation, because life is too short not to.

Note: low-glycemic foods are carbohydrates that digest at a slower rate. 


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