Peanut butter is more than likely the most popular nut butter, whether you are buying it prepackaged, fresh ground or grinding it yourself; it’s a hit with just about everyone who doesn’t have a peanut allergy. It isn’t any secret that peanut butter is a good source of protein, but is it bad for you? No, it isn’t bad for you at all but that doesn’t mean its Paleo either. Obviously, like everything else, you shouldn’t eat an entire jar in one sitting. But in moderation it’s is a fairly well-balanced food option.
How Processed is Peanut Butter?
Peanut butter ranks pretty high, as a healthy option, on the excruciatingly long list of processed foods that are readily available. Unlike the majority of other foods, peanut butter doesn’t go through a vigorous process of processing and pasteurization. Generally speaking, peanut butter is simple; Its ground peanuts. That’s not to say that there aren’t any additive’s, such as sugar. But the list is relatively low. You simply need to check the label of the peanut butter of choice. Unlike other processed foods, peanut butter doesn’t lose all of its nutrients during processing. In fact, studies have shown peanut butter loses less than 5% of its nutrients due to processing.
However, cashew or almond butter would be even more reasonable when it comes to Paleo. Peanut butter is technically not considered Paleo. This article merely allows individuals to see what peanut butter has incorporated within.
Nutrients in Peanut Butter
While a tiny portion size of 2 tablespoons can make it extremely easy to overindulge, with a little self-control peanut butter can be a great healthy snack or addition to your meal. The first thing to take into consideration is how many added ingredients are in your peanut butter; the less the better. Remember, all it takes to make peanut butter is peanuts. Also, if you are eating a “Low-fat” variety, chances are it has more sugar in it and the same amount of carbohydrates. Instead, opt for a natural or fresh ground. You may have even noticed that many markets and grocery stores have added the option of grinding your own peanut butter right there in the store, just like you would coffee. Once you have found the proper peanut butter for you, the health benefits are pretty impressive.
- A good source of vitamin E and vitamin B-3. Vitamin E wards of inflammation in the body and cell communication.
- A serving has 4.4 milligrams of niacin; niacin helps your cells produce energy, as well as, cell development.
- Also a good source of magnesium and copper; one serving contains approximately 15% of the daily recommended value of magnesium and 21% of daily recommended copper.
- Each serving contains 188 calories, 7.7 grams of protein, 16 grams of fat, and 6.9 carbohydrates.
While Paleo Living does not endorse that peanut butter is official “Paleo” we understand an individual who may not be able to get ahold of almond or cashew butter. Whatever the reason may be, this article is to show what peanut butter could offer.
So, in conclusion, peanut butter is not the best choice. Nor is it considered paleo.