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Is peanut butter good for you?

Peanut butter is utterly delicious and contains high amount of healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and protein.

Deepa Gupta | New Delhi |

Should you replace your normal butter with peanut butter?

Peanut butter is utterly delicious and contains high amount of healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and protein. Two tablespoon of peanut butter has 3.3 grams of saturated fat and 2.3 grams of unsaturated fat. This ratio of unsaturated to saturated fat puts it at par with olive oil.

In moderation, saturated fat is okay for your body. It also provides you some fibre and has a terrific potassium-to-sodium ratio if consumed unsalted. People who regularly include peanut butter in their diets are less likely to develop heart disease or type 2 diabetes than those who rarely eat it.

Things to keep in mind when buying peanut butter

Make sure that peanut butter actually helps your body in the best possible way. While buying it, always pick certified organic brand. They’re made of peanuts grown in bushes off the ground or higher up to eliminate the issue with mold. Also, many a times, peanut butter contains non-organic hydrogenated oils. It adds to omega-6 count making the butter unhealthy to consume. Be aware of this junk and stay away from it. It can cause you weight gain and inflammatory reactions in your body.

It is wise to make your own peanut butter or buy the natural organic one. Only then it can actually be beneficial for your health.

Is peanut butter Harmful for your body?

It’s tasty. It contains nutrients. But, at the same time it contains some harmful substances like peanut lectin, a growth promoter of colon cancer cells and Aflatoxins, a kind of fungal toxins.

Peanut butter is loaded with omega-6 fats and it is low on omega-3 fats. The ratio is often as high as 20:1 omega-6 vs. omega-3 fats. This imbalanced ratio can cause inflammation, cardiovascular disease, cancer and autoimmune diseases.

In addition, too many omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids can lead to asthma, type 2 diabetes, obesity, irritable bowel syndrome, metabolic syndrome, macular degeneration and more. Peanut butter often contains mold that is a big reason for food allergies or inflammatory immune reactions.

How to have peanut butter

The mantra is to consume in “moderation” and use good organic quality with the right foods. If you make it a part of your proper diet, it can support and boost metabolism and fat-loss because of its high-protein content. In fact today, it is one of the highest plant-based protein sources.