From time to time you feel the urge to satisfy your cravings. I bet that you saw on Instagram all that tasty recipes with peanut butter and all the ways you can use it in your daily meals.
Here is what you should know about this controversial product:
- The “all in” product
Peanut butter is a fairly “balanced” energy source in the way that it supplies all three macronutrients: proteins, fats and carbohydrates.
- It is a rich protein source.
Only 2 spoons of peanut butter can have 7 gr of proteins! Because it has a lot of proteins, the peanut butter is a nutritious snack – a small portion is enough to curb appetite.
Eating only one slice of bread with peanut butter can keep you full until lunch time.
- It is good for heart
The studies have shown that the persons who included peanut butter in their diet are less likely to have heart problems or type II diabetes. You can stay healthy without consuming nuts but one Harvard study showed that consuming peanut butter can protect you from heart disease because of the nutrients and vitamins he contains.
- It is a good source of potassium
Peanut butter has a great quantity of potassium which has a big role to annihilate the negative effects of sodium from food. That is why it is very good especially for people who tend to eat very salty.
- It has good fats
Many of us think that the butter contains a lot of saturated fats. In reality peanut butter contains more unsaturated than saturated fats, making him a product with healthy fats. When trying to lose weight your body will need for normal growth and development. Dietary fat also provides energy, protects our organs, maintains cell membranes, and helps the body absorb and process nutrients.
- Rich in fibers
Two spoons of peanut butter contain not only 7 grams of protein but also 2 grams of fibers. In order to have a healthy and well-balanced diet, we should consume at least 20 grams of fibers per day. The rest of needed are found in: beans (all kinds), peas, chickpeas, black-eyed peas, artichokes, whole wheat flour, barley, bulgur, bran, raspberries, blackberries, and prunes.
Peanut butter can be used as a snack with apples, in smoothies, in cookies recipes or even plain with bananas or other fruits.
A 100g portion of peanut butter contains:
Carbohydrate: 20 grams of carbs (13% of calories), 6 of which are fiber.
Protein: 25 grams of protein (15% of calories), which is quite a lot compared to most other plant foods.
Fat: 50 grams of fat, totaling about 72% of calories.
A 100 gram portion of peanut butter supplies a whole bunch of vitamins and minerals:
Vitamin E: 45% of the RDA.
Vitamin B3 (Niacin): 67% of the RDA.
Vitamin B6: 27% of the RDA.
Folate: 18% of the RDA.
Magnesium: 39% of the RDA.
Copper: 24% of the RDA.
Manganese: 73% of the RDA.
If you had second thoughts on buying peanut butter, all this benefits that he has will make you change your mind and next time when you are out to do groceries take a jar!
Be careful! Choose the one that It’s simply made only from peanuts without sugar or other sweeteners.