Yummy delicious peanut butter!
The classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich has basically been a dietary staple of most of our diets for many many years. It’s creamy, delicious, easy to prepare, and definitely fills you up.
Believe it or not, peanut butter has actually gotten a bad rap over the years. It’s not hard to see why peanut butter is deemed “unhealthy.” It has lots of fat and calories. That MUST mean that it’s unhealthy, right? NO!
Peanut butter is one of the best foods you can eat, in our opinion.
Be forewarned, plain, natural peanut butter is what we are talking about here. When you start adding white bread and high-fructose corn-syrup filled jelly, the benefits are quickly diminished.
The guys over at SpotMeBro.com seem to agree with us. In their Is Peanut Butter Good For You? article, they list numerous reasons of why peanut butter is indeed a healthy food, and why you should be eating it.
In recent years though, peanut butter has managed to gain a bit of a reputation as an “unhealthy” food. The reason for this is simple: peanut butter is high in fat and extremely calorie-dense and therefore, it’s become one of the scapegoats of a nation suffering from an obesity epidemic.
Clearly though, just because something is high in fat and calories doesn’t make it unhealthy. In fact, peanut butter is extremely good for you…
The Benefits of Peanut Butter
Here’s a quick summary of why peanut butter is a healthy, nutritious food. For more details, head on over to this peanut butter article, and see the proof for yourself.
Peanut butter is extremely nutritious
Peanut butter is absolutely packed with nutrition. Just a couple of tablespoons of the stuff contains almost 3 milligrams of Vitamin E.
Peanut butter can help you lose weight
Although calorically dense, peanut butter is high in fiber and protein. Per serving, it contains around 8 grams of protein and 2 grams of dietary fiber.
Peanut butter can help you gain weight
Being so protein-rich, peanut butter is a fantastic food for bodybuilders and those looking to gain weight. As many of you already know, protein is essential for building and repairing muscles.
Peanut butter contains healthy fats
Peanut butter is different. It’s packed with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats predominantly, which are considered to be heart-healthy fats. Monounsaturated fats have also been found to lower belly fat and lower the chances of suffering from metabolic syndrome.
Another added benefit of having peanuts in our lives, is Peanut Flour! Peanut Flour is basically made from crushed and either partially or fully defatted peanuts. It is a cooking flour, and has many added benefits for thickening soups, making pastries and breads, and can even enhance the taste of meats and fish. Yep… it’s true! Not to mention (just like peanuts), peanut flour is still an excellent source of Vitamin E, folate, fiber, niacin, mangnesium, and phosphorus! Peanut Flour tastes great and generally contains far less fat than traditional natural peanut butters. We personally use it to add to chocolate protein shakes, and it is DEEE…LICIOUS!!
Gone Liftin’ recommended Peanut Flour: Protein Plus Roasted Peanut Flour