We don’t know about you, but we find ourselves reaching for that jar of peanut butter several times a week! We use it in classic PB&J sandwiches, decadent bars, and even burritos– that’s right, burritos! Yep, it sure is a versatile ingredient, but how often have you thought about how the nutty stuff affects your body?
As it turns out, peanut butter is a bit of a double-edged sword; on one hand, it contains super healthy nutrients in small, convenient, and super yummy servings, but it’s also a food that doesn’t gel well with all people. Simply put, it’s a spread that comes with a fair amount of good AND bad side effects. Here are some of the most surprising things peanut butter can do to your body…
1.It can give your diet a boost
Not so breaking news: peanut butter fills you up! The creamy and crunchy stuff is jam-packed with fiber and protein (2 grams and 8 grams, respectively), two things that give you energy, help your digestion, and keep you fuller for longer. So, the next time you have a snack attack, reach for a spoonful of peanut butter instead of chips— it’s more satisfying and much more nutritious!
2.But, it could make you gain weight too
It’s fair to say that most of us are focused on either losing or maintaining weight, but for those of you out there who are trying to gain weight, incorporating a tablespoon of peanut butter to a six-meal-a-day diet could help you pack on the pounds fast.
Now, if you are trying to avoid the extra lbs., just make sure that you limit your intake to one serving several times a week— and always measure the peanut butter out carefully so that you don’t end up overeating the stuff. (It’s an easy thing to do— trust us!)
3.It could help reduce the risk of heart attack
Numerous studies have shown that people who regularly eat nuts— that includes peanut butter— are less likely to develop heart disease. As a bonus, it can also reduce the risk of diabetes. Score!
4.It gives you a surge of energy
We all know that peanut butter is chock-full of protein and “good fats,” but did you know that it is also high in B vitamins? In fact, peanut butter has more niacin—a B vitamin that is elemental in boosting energy levels— than a serving of chicken. Impressive!
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