If you are below a healthy weight, putting on pounds can prove difficult. A common – and wise – tip for gaining weight is to eat calorie-dense foods that provide a large amount of nutrients in small servings. At 90 calories per tablespoon, peanut butter is an ideal candidate. To gain weight with peanut butter, look for every opportunity to fit it into your diet.
In recent years though, peanut butter has managed to gain a bit of a reputation as an “unhealthy” food. The reason for this is simple: peanut butter is high in fat and extremely calorie-dense and therefore, it’s become one of the scapegoats of a nation suffering from an obesity epidemic.
Something is high in fat and calories doesn’t make it unhealthy. In fact, peanut butter is extremely good for you, and here’s a few reasons why this is the case:
1# Peanut butter is extremely nutritious
Peanut butter is absolutely packed with nutrition. Just a couple of tablespoons of the stuff contains almost 3 milligrams of Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that assists in skin repair among other important processes.
It’s also full of magnesium (around 49 milligrams), potassium (around 210 milligrams) and a variety of other vitamins, all of which play vital roles in maintaining a healthy body.
2# Peanut butter can help you gain healthy weight
Being so protein-rich, peanut butter is a fantastic food for bodybuilders and those looking to gain healthy weight. As many of you already know, protein is essential for building and repairing muscles and I imagine that any individuals looking to build muscle are already on a relatively high-protein diet.
Sure, it’s not as protein-dense as chicken breast or turkey, but if you combine it with a couple of slices of bread and a glass of milk, you’ll probably be consuming around 30 grams of protein and some decent carbs too.
Peanut Butter is also pretty cheap, especially when compared with energy bars and protein shakes.
3# Peanut butter contains healthy fats
Fat is one of the three primary macronutrients (fat, protein and carbohydrates) and is absolutely vital to maintaining health. The problem is that most common fast foods and snacks are loaded with unhealthy types of fat [saturated fats and trans-fats].
Peanut butter is different. It’s packed with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats predominantly, which are considered to be heart-healthy fats. Monounsaturated fats have also been found to lower belly fat and lower the chances of suffering from metabolic syndrome.
The bottom line is this: don’t let anyone fool you into thinking that peanut butter is unhealthy. Sure, it’s pretty calorie-dense and also contains a substantially high amount of fat, but don’t let that scare you. When consumed in moderation, peanut butter can only have a positive effect on your health (unless you have a nut allergy of course!)
What’s your favorite way to enjoy peanut butter?