Is Peanut Butter Healthy?

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We all know about it and love it. The gooey, creamy, smooth or crunch, nutty, indulgent spread that has reigned as one of the most well known and loved nut butters of the world (yes, the world).

Peanut butter aka liquid gold, the perfect combo to chocolate, jam, apples or simply just by the spoon… Is a staple snack and part of many meals and desserts. It is truly rich in nutrients, a source of protein and fat. What exactly is in this delicious treat? Is peanut butter good for you? How much is too much peanut butter? Is peanut butter healthy? And what does it do for your body? Let’s dive into all you need to know about peanut butter.

What exactly is peanut butter? 

Peanut butter in its most basic form, is ground peanuts. Salt is optional, while we would avoid any other additives which would minimise the health value. If you stick to the basics, you can get the most nutritional out of the peanuts, without the unnecessary additives. 

Is peanut butter healthy?

Peanuts are a great source of protein, fat, magnesium, Vitamin E, iron and more. With such a rich source of overall vitamins and nutrients, they’re a great addition to your diet. Peanut butter can sometimes get a bad rap due to its high fat content. However, in moderation the fat component increases satiety and fullness which helps you feel fuller for longer and is a great choice if you have weight loss goals. 

Peanut butter is also a great source of fibre, which has been shown to be beneficial to your gut health. As the fibre works to boost your microbiome which regulates your digestion. This could lead to increase immunity and reduced inflammation. All around win win! 

Are there any cons to peanut butter? 

As far as any cons go, the most common and series one would involve peanut allergies. If you have a peanut allergy, we obviously recommend that you avoid peanuts at all costs. 

Allergies aside, the other red flag to look for when choosing peanut butters are the “no-stir” range where they often add palm oil and sugars. While these two ingredients aren’t necessarily detrimental to your health, when choosing a ‘health’ food you generally want it to be as pure and unprocessed as possible. 

The healthiest kind of peanut butter are those of the ‘natural’ kind. FYI: It should really only contain two ingredients. Peanuts. And maybe salt, nothing else. Find THE BEST peanut butter in the world (yes, we’ve called it) right here. We have our Unsalted Natural Peanut Butter and Salted Natural Peanut Butter for your choosing pleasure.

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