Peanut Butter Lowdown. One Butter packed with Goodness

Peanut Butter Lowdown. One Butter packed with Goodness

By Bethan Townsend

Peanut butter may remind you of childhood, of trips to the States where you had peanut butter and jelly or it could be your favourite every day snack. It’s one of those moreish foods that is hard to put down but that’s OK, it has more health benefits than you might think.

Here’s a closer look at why peanut butter is a great addition to your diet.

Natural Nutrition

Opting for a high quality wholefood peanut butter is one way of getting a ton of essential nutrients. A single serving of peanut butter has approximately 3mg of Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, 208mg of potassium and around 0.17mg of immune system friendly vitamin B6. Peanut butter can help reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and other chronic health conditions.

The high levels of unsaturated fat in quality peanut butter can improve your heart health, especially when looked at in comparison to the hearts of those who never eat nuts. Peanut butter also has 7g of protein in every 2 tablespoons and that’s why it’s a great choice for a morning snack or even at breakfast, giving you a solid shot of energy just when you need it.

Good Fats

As mentioned peanut butter is packed with unsaturated fats and has a really high level of monounsaturated fat. Recent research has found that insulin-resistant adults who eat a diet high in monounsaturated fats had less belly fat than those who ate higher levels of carbs or saturated fats. As we know, weight around the middle area is the dangerous and therefore anything which can help keep it down has got to be a good idea.

Lose Weight

Very much in line with the other benefits of peanut butter, it’s a great choice for losing weight. OK, it’s not quite a diet food when you look at it from a calorie perspective but the fibre and protein volumes are ideal for helping to keep you fuller for longer. Peanut butter's sugary flavour is ideal for fending off cravings too and a tablespoon of peanut butter is much better than a bag of sweets.

If you’re worrying about a few too many portions of peanut butter, relax, it's really not so bad.

Comments

Matthew C.
30 November 2014

Matthew C.

Buy the huge Wholeearth tub from Ocado. It's only around £5, no added anything and lasts for aaaages.

Phillip H.
28 November 2014

Phillip H.

I had a look at some ingredients of peanut butter (where would we be without the internet, eh?) One supermarket own brand is 4g of sugar in 100g. The brand mentioned by Matthew is 5.3g in 100g. Never seen it mouldy either, although in this house it doesn't get the chance!

Claudio P.
26 November 2014

Claudio P.

There's something quite comforting on a spoon of peanut butter after a long day at work, good to know that it's healthy and comforting :-)

Matthew C.
19 November 2014

Matthew C.

Peanut butter can have added sugar and salt and can have mould on it if you get the cheap versions. We use Wholeearth. Also, try out almond butter and cashew butter. Bit more pricey but really tasty and good for you.

Clare R.
18 November 2014

Clare R.

yippee - still one of my favourites, nothing like it for a sandwich!

Mike D.
18 November 2014

Mike D.

I recommend a spoonful of peanut butter in your smoothie :)

Tom D.
17 November 2014

Tom D.

I'm crazy about nut butters - it all starts with peanut but we've got all sorts now - almond is great, as is cashew. Love it for a protein boost.

Sasha B.
17 November 2014

Sasha B.

We love peanut butter in our house! Unfortunately, it's not allowed in children's lunchboxes though due to school allergy rules. Such a shame as it's such a great protein source.

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