Is peanut butter good for health? Or is peanut butter unhealthy? If you want the scoop about if eating peanut butter is good for you, read on. Also find out the best peanut butter for weight loss.
Ah, peanut butter and jelly. The
oh-so-sticky sticky combo was for sure a lunchtime staple in my childhood—and probably yours, too! And yet, I bet you question whether you should be eating peanut butter. In fact, I got so many
reader messages about my take on peanut butter's nutrition that I knew I
had to dive deeper into the topic!
So whether you're Team Crunchy or Team Creamy (I'm Team Both!), keep on reading to find out if you should continue chowing down those PB&Js—or if you should switch to a different nut butter.
Is Peanut Butter Good for You?
Guess what I had for breakfast today? Oatmeal with PB and bananas. And it was delicious. I choose my peanut butter carefully, because not all peanut butters are the same. Are peanuts good for weight loss? Just how healthy the spread is for you depends on its ingredients and your portion size. Not sure what I mean? Check out the article I wrote for Food Network, in which I break down the nutritional deets of peanut butter and give you the scoop on how much you should actually be eating. (Hint: It's not as much as you'd think!)
Plan on eating peanut butter soon? Here are five healthy nut butters:
- Justin's Honey Peanut Butter
- Spread the Love NAKED Organic Peanut Butter
- Crazy Richard's Creamy Peanut Butter
- Smucker's Natural Chunky Peanut Butter
- Laura Scudder's Old Fashioned Natural Nutty Peanut Butter
P.S. I have a list of more veggie superfoods for you!
Better for You: Almond Butter or Peanut Butter?
Since almond butter has a higher price tag, it has to be way more nutritious than peanut butter, right? Well, that thinking isn't entirely true. To help you decide if you should spend those extra bucks on the almond spread, I wrote up a Food Network article comparing the two nut butters and the different vitamins and minerals they boast. Plus, I share the one thing you should always avoid when purchasing either of the schmears. Want to know more about heart-healthy fats?
Amy's Recipe of the Week: Blueberry Peanut Butter Smoothie
I love an ice-cold smoothie not only because it's delish but because it's a balanced meal in a glass that takes just seconds to make. This Instagram-worthy drink is one of my fave ways to add a healthy portion of nut butter to my day. Plus, it's packed with protein and fiber and contains healthy fats to keep you full all morning long (thank you, PB!). Just be careful not to eat too many spoonfuls of the nut butter while you're blending. ;) Looking for almond butter recipes? Take a few minutes to whip up a batch of my almond butter protein balls.
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