“Brought a toast, spread the magic paste, topped it with a teaspoon of strawberry jam, and covered it with some bananas!” Well, it’s the child in me describing the most delicious school peanut butter sandwich I’ve ever had! Then I grew up! I start wondering if my peanut butter sandwich would be part of my diet or not. It’s on that time only when I knew what it offers to my body, that I realized that I would never have to ditch it. Let’s check out some of the reasons!
1. SOURCE OF PROTEIN
One tablespoon of Peanut Butter offer around 4 grams of protein with 94 Calories. If we put it on the comparison scale with other protein rich foods, we can say that it’s not a protein dense food. Still, once you accompany it with a tall glass of skimmed milk, milk will enhance the value of the peanut butter and will give a boost for its protein content.
2. FEEL FULL LONGER
Because the war against hunger is always a lose-lose situation, the best solution is to always choose foods that will keep you feeling fed. Peanut Butter is one of them, due to its content in fiber and protein. According to a study, peanut eaters are less likely to gain weight and tend to eat less at other times.
3. RICH IN POTASSIUM
Peanut butter packs a big potassium hit, reducing the risk for a heart disease and improving the overall health. Known as the “good” salt, potassium can help those suffering from hypertension, thus once bananas are combined with peanut butter, a 4.7g of potassium could be reached which is equal to cutting out 4g of sodium.
It’s true that peanut butter contains a significant amount of saturated fats. However, this amount does not automatically kick the peanut butter into the “unhealthy” site. 1 tablespoon contains 1.6g of saturated fatty acids, and 6.1g of unsaturated fats, making around 80% of unsaturated fats, putting it up there with olive oil in terms of the ratio of unsaturated to saturated fat. To cut a long story short, peanut butter is a superfood that is packed with nutrients, fibers, proteins, minerals and vitamins.
Always choose the all-natural peanut butter without any added ingredients for a healthier option. Don’t go for the reduced fat option, it’s almost always replaced with sugar. Besides, as with all good things in life, seek moderation! A spoonful may be healthy…a whole jar is certainly not.