Can peanut butter help in weight loss? The answer is a resounding YES. Did your jaw drop? We love that 😊. But seriously, if you’re looking to lose a few inches and feel fitter, peanut butters are a must-have part of your diet.
You may have noticed that nutritionists, dieticians and gym instructors are recommending natural peanut butter as an everyday pre and post workout addition. And no, it’s not some industry hype or gimmick. There’s serious science behind it. Here are 3 main reasons why peanut butters are good for weight loss.
1. Prevent snacking
Snacking is definitely your worst enemy if you want to lose weight, and that’s where peanut butter steps in. A natural peanut butter is made from pure peanuts, or very few additional ingredients. Peanuts are an excellent source of vegetarian protein and good (heart-healthy) fats. Those two things keep your appetite in check because natural peanut butter (like the Unsweetened Crunchy Peanut Butter by Happy Jars) slow-releases energy to your body and keeps you feeling fuller for longer. So you end up snacking less and eating better.
2. Good Fat, Low Carbs and not fattening
People ask us "can peanut butter make you fat?" Technically, anything if over-eaten can make you fat. But in moderation, peanut butter is good for weight loss. We’ve all heard of Keto. The basic premise of Keto is that fat is good for the body and works as a better fuel for energy than carbs. Happy Jars Natural Unsweetened Peanut Butter is the prime example of a perfect Keto nut butter. It has only peanuts, and nothing else. Just to clear the air about this, nut butters do NOT have actual dairy butter. They’re made with a base of nuts and therefore they don’t come with the ills of eating dairy for those of us that are lactose intolerant or vegan.
3. Nutrition-Dense Calories, Not Empty Ones
Calories have been labelled as the Bad Guys, and have often been overlooked as important parts of your daily intake even though nutrient-dense calories are critical to weight loss. Happy Jars uses clean ingredients - the types that maintain the natural nutrition of the food rather than chemically altering it.
The calories in peanut butters are packed with good fats, protein, fibre and healthy trace minerals. Even when you feel like eating something sweet, if you swap your chocolate spread for a Dark Chocolate Peanut or Almond Butter, you’ll get less sugar and more nutrition into your body.
Weight loss is a journey that’s unique to each of us and we’d always recommend you to consult your doctor or nutritionist before making any changes to you diet. And remember, everything in moderation, even the good stuff.
You can read more about how to tell whether your peanut butter is healthy or not here.