Is Peanut Butter good for Diet or Nah?
Peanut Butter is high in protein but at the same time peanut butter is also high in fat content, packing nearly 100 calories into every tablespoon.
So, in that situation how can a peanut butter can help you to lose weight?
Just because you shouldn’t eat an entire jar in one sitting doesn’t mean you should stay clear of peanut butter.
Nuts are nutrient-dense foods. They’re full of protein, rich in a number of vitamin and minerals, are a good source of dietary fiber and high in unsaturated fat (the healthier kind). Because of their nutritional profile, peanut butter can satisfy your hunger for a longer period of time, preventing mindless snacking between meals.
The key to consuming peanut butter for weight loss is moderation: aim for two or three servings of two tablespoons of peanut butter a few times per week.
If you consume more than, you run the risk of countering the benefits of peanut butter with an extremely high calorie count.
How can you prevent yourself from overeating it?
To prevent yourself from eating too much, measuring out your peanut butter is a good idea. You can mix half a tablespoon of peanut butter into your morning oatmeal to keep you full for longer into the day, or spread a tablespoon over crackers as a snack. Homemade peanut butter protein balls are also a good way to portion your intake, as you’ll know how much you’re consuming compared to buying store-made products.
Having your peanut butter with some fruit, like an apple or banana is another way to keep your PB intake in check. Pairing it with another food also gives you a variety of flavour.
“The key is to take your portion and have it with that other food and be done with it rather than eating it straight out of the jar,”
“Eating the food without any sense of portion, like the old trick where you’re standing with the knife and just putting it back in the jar over and over again … we’re better off to have it as part of a deliberate and conscious snack.” – Jeniffer Sygo (Registered Dietitian & Sports Nutritionist)