5 reasons to eat peanut butter more often get better health
Whether as a snack before training or as a dessert: peanut butter should not be missing in any men’s kitchen – it contains a lot of protein, among other things
Peanut butter belongs on almost every breakfast table in the USA and the Netherlands. Pretty clever because the cream is pretty healthy. The problem: Americans traditionally eat their beloved peanut butter in combination with jam on white toast, which almost immediately fizzles out all the benefits. Peanut butter can be used in a variety of ways, not just as a spread.
What is peanut butter?
From a purely legal point of view, there is no difference between peanut butter and peanut butter – at least not in Germany. In the USA, on the other hand, the typical “peanut butter” must consist of at least 90 percent peanuts. The rest comprises added oils (such as palm oil), salt, or sugar, which means that the butter stays creamy and the solid components do not separate from the peanut oil.
In the EU, there are no rules regarding naming. However, the designation “butter” may only be used for milk products. Therefore, many manufacturers in this country switch to other terms, such as peanut butter or peanut cream. There are no legal regulations on what products these names may contain or whether additives and the like are permitted.
What Makes Good Peanut Butter?
Peanut butter is often marketed as healthy peanut butter that contains no additives and is made only from peanuts. However, this can also apply to a product named peanut butter, so don’t let the name put you off.
A look at the list of ingredients is always a must when buying peanut butter or butter. Does the product contain sugar, palm oil, salt, or even E numbers? Then hands off! The peanut cream of your choice should consist of 100 percent peanuts.
5 reasons to eat peanut butter regularly
Nuts are healthy. However, peanuts are not nuts at all. From a botanical point of view, they belong to the legumes. But they also have advantages:
- Peanut butter provides healthy fat
Peanut butter or butter is a real calorie bomb (around 600 calories per 100 grams) with correspondingly high-fat content, averaging 50 grams per 100 grams. But that doesn’t make her unhealthy because most of them are healthy, unsaturated fatty acids that positively affect heart health.
- Peanut butter contains good plant-based proteins.
Like real nuts, peanuts also provide plenty of high-quality, plant-based protein – 25 grams per 100 grams of puree. This is particularly interesting for vegetarians and vegans who cannot cover their protein requirements (for the most part) from animal protein sources. In addition, protein is long-lasting satiety.
The perfect snack for in-between meals: apple wedges with peanut butter. The combination of fiber and protein leaves cravings no chance.
Peanut butter is lactose, and gluten-free peanut butter is an ideal snack for vegans. Of course, it is also lactose-free. People with celiac disease or gluten intolerance can also enjoy peanut butter because it is gluten-free.
- Peanut butter goes well with many recipes.
Peanut butter can not only be spooned straight out of the glass but can also be used as a spread, as a muesli topping, in a smoothie, or for cooking. Sauces, in particular, are perfectly rounded off with a dollop of puree. The peanut flavor also goes perfectly with Asian or Indian recipes.
- Peanut butter is high in vitamins and minerals.
In addition to healthy fats and high-quality proteins, peanut butter provides a whole range of essential vitamins and minerals. Including vitamin E, which has an antioxidant effect and protects your cells from harmful free radicals – thus, it also prevents skin aging.
Peanut butter is also rich in magnesium (around 50 milligrams per 100 grams) and potassium (600 milligrams per 100 grams). The two minerals are essential for athletes because they regulate the tension and relaxation of your muscles.
Peanut butter contains many calories, but if you snack on the buttery cream in moderation (2 tablespoons per day is enough), you are doing something perfect for yourself and your body.