Written by Chloe Thurston
Just like many people out there, peanut butter holds a special place in my heart. The combinations you can mix it with are endless! The fact that it tastes so amazing isn’t it’s only amazing quality – it’s a healthy fat too! That’s right, I said healthy. There are far too many people that won’t touch it because they are scared that it is a ‘naughty’ food. Sit back, grab a spoon and dig in because you’re about to learn something important.
The main reason most people think that it is on Santa’s naughty list is because of the high calorie content that it comes with. A mere two tablespoons can have around 200 calories, which if you are a women could lead to 10% of your calories for the day. A few spoonful’s here and there can lead to a big caloric surplus.
STOP! Yes I know what you are thinking – should I even be buying it then? Yes! You need the fats that are inside this piece of heaven in order to stay healthy. At the end of the day, your weight is determined by calories in versus calories out. Whether you are eating 2000 calories of peanut butter or 2000 calories of chicken breast, it is all the same. The higher fat content can even help you feel satiated for longer. The key take home message here is that moderation is key.
Be careful though! Just because I have told you that you can eat it, it doesn’t mean you can go eating a whole jar. Remember – moderation is key! Peanut butter is a good source of proteins and fats so paired with bread or sweet potato it can become a balanced meal.
Once we get past the issue about the calories then next big milestone is the saturated-fat content. Saturated fat was once deemed the big killer and the source of heart disease. For years this has been the reason why so many have feared peanut butter. The truth is that saturated fat is not at all evil. It is actually very beneficial for the production of crucial hormones and vitamins like testosterone and vitamin D.
It also contains the ‘good’ fats or monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat. One serving has 8g of monounsaturated fats and 4g of polyunsaturated fats. The good fats are those that work to help lower your cholesterol so that your risk of heart disease can be reduced. They are also an anti-inflammatory, which means that they can help you in recovery and reduce any risk of metabolic syndrome.
How To Shop
In a perfect world, the only ingredient in a jar of peanut butter would be peanuts and love. Right? Of course, but this is the real world. When it comes to peanut butter, don’t let the lower fat options pull you in. Making products low fat tends to mean that they have added lots of sugar and hydrogenated oils – which are detrimental to your health. Reap the benefits of the full fat versions!
Whilst your searching the shelves you may also notice that there are different flavors – cinnamon raise, white chocolate or dark chocolate. Keep in mind that this added flavor is all due to added sugars and chemicals. Yes they may be delicious but they are just as devious as candy.
Go nuts and check out Myprotein’s nut butter range!!