When it comes to favorite health foods, peanut butter ranks quite low on many lists because of the perception that it is fatty or too high in calories. The truth is that in terms of our diets, especially those of athletes, peanut butter is nearly a perfect food. It’s tasty, nutritious, full of good fats and protein and is relatively inexpensive.
Peanut butter is high in calories and fat; however, it also leaves your body feeling satiated. Peanut butter is full of fiber and protein, a combination which means that the food fills up your stomach, does not cause a crash in your blood glucose level, and doesn’t race through your digestive system. This holds back hunger pangs and a desire to eat more. Add peanut butter to a whole wheat bagel to keep your appetite satisfied.
Peanut butter is high in mono- and poly-unsaturated fats and oils. These types of fats are actually good for you. These fats will not cause weight gain if they are eaten in moderation. Avoid trans fats and excessive amounts of saturated fats. Choose natural peanut butters without added soybean or canola oils, sugar or salt.