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5 Things That Can Happen When You Eat a Lot of Peanut Butter

5 Things That Can Happen When You Eat a Lot of Peanut Butter

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Many of your favorite cupboard staples—like creamy, melt-in-your-mouth peanut butter—were performing double snacktime duty last year, when most people were staying at home more and avoiding unnecessary visits to the grocery store as much as possible. Peanut butter has always been one of America’s favorite and adaptable foods, even before the epidemic. You can spread it over a banana or celery for a protein- and fiber-rich snack, add it to breakfast smoothies, overnight oats, and dessert dishes for added taste, and enjoy a few spoonfuls of deliciousness on its own.
Peanut butter, when not highly processed (as some commercial versions are), is an extremely healthy food that provides a wealth of nutrients and health advantages, and can even aid weight reduction. There is such a thing as “too much of a good thing,” and eating too much peanut butter can be dangerous.

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Your heart may be healthier.

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Nutrients and antioxidants included in peanut butter, such as niacin, magnesium, vitamin E, and healthy unsaturated fats, can assist improve heart health. It also has a low carbohydrate content.

Due to the potent antioxidants present in nuts, persons with cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease had a decreased risk of mortality when they ate more peanut butter, according to one research. Peanuts are high in the vitamin polyphenols, which may explain their heart-he

 

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You can overload on sugar, salt, and fat.

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Peanut butter can be both healthful and tasty, but it can also include hidden added sugars and dangerous trans fats.

“Check the back of the labels” while looking for peanut butter, advises Marysa Cardwell, a nutrition therapist and contributing dietician to Lose It! “Select peanut butters with only a trace of salt and steer clear of those with more than three ingredients.” Corn syrup solids and hydrogenated vegetable oil, for example, are featured high on the ingredients list of the famous Skippy brand’s Reduced Fat version—yikes!

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You can improve your blood glucose management.

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“Peanut butter is high in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, and consumption of these may improve insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism,” says Maya Feller, MS, RD, CDN.

In a 2018 randomized control study looking at consuming nuts and inflammatory indicators in persons with type 2 diabetes, researchers discovered that eating nuts—specifically peanut butter—improved fasting glucose and after-meal blood sugars. (As an aside, Every State Eats Peanut Butter in This Way.)

 

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You could ingest carcinogenic toxins.

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Flatoxins, which are created by fungus that may infect crops and peanut plants, have been linked to a higher risk of liver and kidney cancer in people. Foods like peanuts and peanut butter are tested for aflatoxins by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA); no infections have been documented in the US, although outbreaks have occurred in poor and tropical nations.
While there is a minimal danger of eating aflatoxins, there are several precautions you may take to ensure your safety: “Buy reputed peanut butter cultivated closer to [the United States],” Cardwell advises, “since studies have proven that American farmed peanuts are within the acceptable level for aflatoxins.” (For further information, see The Nutrition Lowdown on Peanut Butter.)

 

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You’ll be satisfied for longer.

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Peanut consumption is linked to a lower intake of snack items, according to a small randomized control experiment published in 2017. This might aid weight loss.

“In a handy form, peanuts are a good source of protein and fiber,” explains Feller. Even a few bits of peanut butter smeared on an apple will cling to your ribs and keep you full until your next meal, unlike an empty-but-high-calorie snack like potato chips, which will leave you hungry and reaching for the bag an hour later.

However, peanut butter is still a high-calorie meal (approximately 200 calories per serving), and you may binge on it. “Peanut butter is a ‘domino food,’ meaning it’s simple to consume more than one serving,” Cardwell explains. “You might want to measure out your peanut butter if you’re watching your weight.” Check out our list of the top 10 peanut butters we tasted to see which one is the best!

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