Does Peanut Butter Make You Gain Weight?
Peanut butter is a popular, tasty spread.
It’s packed with essential nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats.
Due to its high fat content, peanut butter is calorie-dense. This is concerning for some, since excess calories may lead to weight gain over time.
However, some research suggests that peanut butter may boost weight loss when eaten in moderation
This article examines how eating peanut butter affects body weight.
Not linked to weight gain if eaten in moderation
Weight gain occurs when you take in more calories than you burn.
Thus, peanut butter is unlikely to lead to weight gain if eaten in moderation — in other words, if you consume it as part of your daily calorie needs.
In fact, most research links intake of peanut butter, peanuts, and other nuts to lower body weight
One observational study in over 370,000 adults found that regularly eating nuts was associated with less weight gain. Participants also had a 5% lower risk of gaining excess weight or becoming obese during a 5-year period
That said, people who eat nuts have healthier lifestyles in general. For example, people who ate nuts in this study also reported more exercise and tended to eat more fruits and vegetables than those who didn’t eat nuts
Nonetheless, this study suggests that you can include peanut butter in a healthy diet without risking unwanted weight gain.
On the other hand, if weight gain is your goal, you must eat more calories than you burn, preferably from nutrient-dense foods. Peanut butter is an excellent option because it’s packed with nutrients, inexpensive, and easy to add to your diet.
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