Snacking on peanut butter could help if you’re trying to shift a few pounds, and it could help keep the weight off too.
When you’re trying to lose weight it’s easy to focus on the foods you’re trying to cut down on, rather than the yummy treats you can have.
Although dieters tend to avoid nuts because they are high in fat, we’ve got good news for peanut butter lovers…
It’s thought that snacking on peanut butter everyday can help you drop some pounds and keep them off!
Given that sales of peanut butter were up by a fifth last year and with sales forecast to exceed £100 million by the end of 2018, the hype is set to soar!
However, it’s worth flagging that the results are only possible if you consume the peanut butter in moderation, as it does have a high calorie count and it should be a replacement for other unhealthier foods or snacks.
For example when you reach the post lunch slump and are craving something sweet, instead of reaching for your favourite chocolate bar, try peanut butter on rice crackers or with sliced apple.
A study led by researchers at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health conducted a survey of over 25,000 men and 100,000 women and found that people who consumed a 28g portion of nuts had a lower risk of weight gain.
Nutritionist Sophie Dillon explained to The Sun: ‘It’s true, nuts are a high fat, calorie-dense addition to any meal or snack. However, to villainise nuts would be to ignore the multiple benefits of including healthy dietary fats in our diet.
‘Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, such as those found in nuts, help to lower total cholesterol (and LDL), whilst increasing HDL (good cholesterol), and intake has been shown to aid with weight-loss and the reduction in body fat.’