Is Peanut Butter Good For You?

Published 5/14/13

Health Benefits of Peanut Butter

Most people would consider peanut butter a childish food but recent studies are beginning to provide evidence that people staying away from peanut butter are truly missing out on both a tasty and healthy snack. Peanut butter provides health benefits for the entire body as a result of its high protein and fiber content as well as high levels of essential vitamins and minerals. 

The Peanut Butter Diet

Despite the average peanut butter serving containing 180-210 calories per serving, peanut butter can still lead to weight loss. Peanut butter has an excellent combination of fiber and protein, averaging 2 grams and 8 grams per serving, respectively. This powerful duo helps the body feel full faster and helps make that sensation of being full last longer.  Ultimately this leads to less food being consumed overall as it limits the number of calories per meal and increases the time between meals. If you feel hungry but it is not mealtime, try licking peanut butter off a spoon to help fulfill your craving. One spoonful should help subside your craving until it’s time to eat a full meal.

Peanut Butter Is A Superfood

Peanut butter has a great combination of vitamins and minerals that provide many health benefits. It contains roughly 3 milligrams of vitamin E (one of the most powerful antioxidants), 49 milligrams of magnesium (benefits bone health), 208 milligrams of potassium (benefits muscle health and combats high sodium), and 0.17 milligrams of the B6 vitamin (boosts your immune system).

Be Aware Of The Sodium

A typical peanut butter serving, about two ounces, can have anywhere from 40-250 milligrams of sodium per serving. Organic peanut butter tends to have lower sodium content. Make sure to read the label to be fully aware of the sodium content, and other nutritional content, you are consuming from peanut butter.

Daily Limit for Peanut Butter

If you want to consume peanut butter without gaining extra weight, do not consume more than six tablespoons of peanut butter a day. This is roughly the amount of peanut butter required to make two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. 

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