Peanut butter has always been popular. The Americans are famed for their classic ‘peanut butter and jelly’ sandwiches. In fact, the USA consumes $800 dollars worth of peanut butter every year. As well as being a tasty snack for sandwiches, the health benefits of peanut butter has meant its popularity is growing, and growing fast!
Peanut butter as a protein source
It’s an excellent source of protein. We all know how important protein is; it not only helps build and repair muscles, but it’s the building blocks of our very beings.
The average peanut butter has 25g of protein for each 100g serving. Compared to protein bars, this makes peanut butter a relatively cheap and effective snack-food for those looking to gain muscle.
And one of the main advantages of peanut butter is its taste. If you’re looking for a good tasting protein supplement, then make sure you’re eating peanut butter!
What else aside from protein?
Fibre – essential for maintaining your digestive health
Vitamin E – an antioxidant, great for your skin
Magnesium – one of seven essential macro-minerals, good for healthy bones
Potassium – another one of the seven macro-minerals, good for muscle strength
Phosphorus – keeps your bones and teeth healthy
Iron – an essential mineral, it makes and maintains your red blood cells
Vitamin B6 – to protect and boost your immune system
Mono-saturated fat – the good kind of fat!
And what does it lack?
As we’ve seen, peanut butter as a protein source is great, but not complete. It contains six out of the nine essential amino acids that the body needs. In order to compensate for the missing three, try mixing peanut butter with wholegrain bread, rice, sesame seeds or almonds.
A healthy snack
It may sound strange, but a spoonful of peanut butter can actually help you lose weight! Despite being high in calories, the protein and fibre content help you feel fuller, for longer. It’s versatile too, you can have it on sandwiches, use it as a cooking sauce or even make cookies with it.
Not all peanut butter is good for you. Make sure to pick organic and pure peanut butter, without additives. Mr Protein recommends crunchy peanut butter on whole-grain toast – can’t go wrong!
You could also try…
Almond butter. It has many of the same nutritional properties as peanut butter, and is just as tasty.