Is Peanut Butter Good For Weight Loss?
Peanut Butter is a delicious part of any well-rounded weight loss program. Because it is high in fat and calories, it is important to limit fat and portion size while eating it. Aim for the all natural, unsweetened versions, without unnecessary refined and sugar added fats.
Let us explore the science behind exactly why peanut butter is good for weight loss, at least in regards to reducing calories. The reason is simple. When eaten, the calories are immediately used as energy by the body, which results in immediate fat burning. In addition to helping reduce weight, the high fiber content also has a thermic effect, meaning it helps to balance the blood sugar levels. Without eating excess calories, you will not have the urge to snack throughout the day, nor will you feel the need to fill up on junk food.
The high fiber content in peanuts is also beneficial in other ways as well. They contain vitamins and other nutrients, including potassium, protein, and magnesium, which help to support strong muscles and bones. The magnesium is especially helpful. It helps to regulate blood pressure and normalize the body’s chemical balance, resulting in a healthy nervous system. Potassium is helpful in regulating blood pressure as well.
There is some controversy over whether or not homemade peanut butter is actually healthy for you. While there is no shortage of recipes calling for peanuts and/or cashews, there are also many recipes that call for soy, hemp, macadamia nuts, or other ‘healthy’ nuts but that also contain high amounts of calories. Is it possible that these healthier nuts are just as unhealthy? Not necessarily, but there is some preliminary evidence that shows that eating nuts may help reduce your risk of heart disease.
Peanut Butter is probably one of the healthiest foods in existence. But it is important to note that a quick look at the ingredient list on all varieties of this wonderful dessert should tell any dieter where exactly they’re getting their calories from. Despite the rumors to the contrary, the fat in peanut butter is completely unneeded. Unneeded, that is, if you don’t eat too much of it. The plant-based protein is the calorie burner that gives peanuts their healthy fats.
Sugar isn’t the only thing added to our traditional recipes that causes problems. High fructose corn syrup is just as bad for you as refined white sugar. The former causes fat to be deposited in your arteries, while the latter causes cholesterol to come out of your liver. In other words, both are unhealthy and should be avoided when trying to reach your ideal weight. The addition of peanuts to a weight loss diet is an excellent way to get your daily dose of natural carbs without adding the aforementioned harmful sugars.
Another problem with the typical American diet is the high amount of added sugar that is added to almost everything that we put into our mouths. You can’t call peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and any other snack food a healthy snack if you’re counting calories or counting trans fat or hydrogenated oils. A good snack idea is a bowl of whole-wheat bread with a small wedge of lemon wedged in the center. You can add a little fresh squeezed lemon juice for that extra dose of natural sweetener, or you could add a spoonful of honey and maple syrup to your sandwich for a healthy fat boost.
While it is possible to find high-quality, pure, organic peanut butter that is free from calories and other harmful fats, the majority of peanut butter is very processed. Even the “organic” variety is often processed by soaking raw nuts or seeds in water or heavily salted oils to extend their shelf life and keep them highly perishable. The best peanut butter is the type that is created locally, straight from the heaves in the peanuts. If you insist on using processed peanut butter, choose the lower calorie varieties to maximize your weight gain and to minimize calorie absorption.