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Peanut butter is a great source of protein, it also contains potassium, magnesium, zinc and is high in fibre which is great for your bowel health.
Peanut butter is quite high in fat, yet extremely nutritious. Most of the fat in peanut butter is unsaturated. It also contains salt and sugar too.
Is peanut butter good for losing belly fat?
Research suggests that eating peanut butter can help you lose weight even though it’s high in fat. That doesn’t mean you can eat lots of it and lose weight, the key is to eat in moderation, and because peanut butter fills you up for longer it helps to control your appetite stopping overeating.
What is the healthiest peanut butter?
Peanut butter comes in two types crunchy or smooth. The healthiest peanut butter is one that contains a higher percentage of nuts.
When peanut butter has a higher concentration of nuts texture is thicker. Most peanut butter has oils added such as palm oil, rapeseed, soybean and cottonseed, salt is also added.
Although more expensive the type of peanut butter that is best for you is one that contains just peanuts and no salt or maybe a small amount of salt if you like the taste.
Manilife Deep Roast Crunchy Peanut Butter 295g
Make Your Own Peanut Butter
It’s pretty easy to make your own peanut butter. If you prefer to have peanut butter with no added ingredients then making your own is the way to go. It will also save money in the long term.
What You’ll Need:
- A food processor, I was surprised at how cheap I could buy a food processor on Amazon. (see image below)
- 2 cups of peanuts, make sure they are unsalted and shelled
- 1-2 teaspoons of sugar and salt to taste if you require
- 1-3 teaspoons of vegetable oil if needed
Homeasy Meat Grinder, Food Processor 2L Stainless Steel Food Chopper for Meat, Vegetables, Fruits and Nuts, Stainless Steel Bowl and 4 Sharp Blades, 350W, 8 Cups
If you prefer not to add sugar but want some sweetness, you could replace the sugar with honey.
Place the peanuts into the blender and blend for approximately 4-5 minutes until smooth, then add in your desired amount of salt and sugar or honey and mix together until combined.
If the consistency is too thick then you can add oil but only add one teaspoon at a time until you are happy with it.
Instead of peanut butter, you could also make almond butter by following the same procedure as above.
Almond butter is slightly healthier for you than peanut butter because it contains more fibre, vitamins and minerals.