Who doesn’t love peanut butter? As a waffle topping, on a piece of bread, in a smoothie… you name it. However, peanut butter is one of those foods people are concerned about eating as it has a reputation of making you gain weight.
Due to its high fat content, peanut butter is calorie-dense. The key to enjoy peanut butter as a part of a healthy diet is moderation and portion control. A tablespoon or two won’t make you pack extra weight but habitually eating a whole jar in one sitting probably will. It’s easy to scoop peanut butter straight out of a jar but this habit can sneakily make you eat more than you think.
However, a calorie is not just a calorie. This means that different foods are metabolised and used differently in the body. Eating the same amount of calories from peanut butter and French fries offers different levels of nutrition to your body. Peanut butter is packed with protein, fiber, healthy fats and many essential vitamins and minerals, including manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin E, and B vitamins.
When you buy peanut butter read the label. Stay away from peanut butter with added sugars, palm oil, hydrogenated oil and additives. Choose natural peanut butter which has more of a drippy consistency and the oil sits on top. You just have to mix it before enjoying it!
Text by Suvi
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