PEANUT BUTTER: WEIGHT LOSS OR WEIGHT GAIN?

Do you still fear eating butter? Here's a piece of good news for you that there are some types of butter which provide you with good fat as well as protein content, but not just calories. Nowadays, butter sourced from nuts is the preferred choice among fitness enthusiasts.

Nuts provide monounsaturated fats, the butter made from nuts help provide you with the wisdom of good fat. It also provides you with nutrients like folate, B vitamins, manganese, etc.

Peanut butter is the most widely consumed nut butter, compared to almond & cashew nut butter.

But if you are confused, whether to consume it or not when trying to lose weight, then read on to know how it may help you.

How can it help you lose weight?

It works to help you lose weight as it controls your appetite. Provides better satiety, which leads to eating less and better control. 

Suppressing sudden rise in blood sugar levels due to processed and fatty foods may cause a spike in sugar levels. But including good fat like peanut butter helps reduce the glycemic load of the meal as well.

What type of peanut butter to pick for weight loss?

Some nut butter brands have lots of sugar, salt, preservatives and even hydrogenated fat added to it.

Pick natural, organic peanut butter free from any other added fat and prefer the ones which are sugar-free or have less sugar or honey in it.

Moderation is the key, as it is high in calories and if consumed in limited quantities, it will help control your weight by maintaining a calorie deficit, you can also lose weight.

Ways to include peanut butter:-

  • Add a tbsp of peanut butter to your smoothie
  • Using it as a salad dressing
  • Peanut butter spread on a toast
  • Adding it to soup along with onions, garlic and tomatoes
  • Oatmeal with some peanut butter

How to gain weight by eating peanut butter?

When it comes to gaining weight, it is important to maintain calorie surplus and therefore, eating energy-dense as well as nutrient compact foods. Peanut butter eaten in generous amounts will provide additional calories along with micronutrients, MUFAs with various health benefits.

Therefore, scrumptious peanut butter if taken in moderation is unlikely to make you gain weight. On the other hand, if taken in more quantity, can help increase calories in your diet. So choose to eat wisely!

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