NUTRITION&FOOD Published September7, 2015 By Angela Betsaida Laguipo

Here's Why Peanut Butter Promotes Weight Loss, Health

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Losing weight is not a simple task and people often regard it as a way to punish oneself because of the calorie counting and deprivation issues. However, losing weight and sticking to a diet may have reached a twist as this food, has now become a trending topic in health and fitness. Peanut butter can actually help you lose weight. It's one of those 'bad' things that can do good for the health.

According to Joy Bauer, MS, RDN, CDN, Health and Nutrition Expert for NBC's Today Show and founder of Nourish Snacks, as written in a report in Women's Health,  "Peanut butter is loaded with so many health-promoting nutrients, including vitamin E, magnesium, iron, selenium and vitamin B6. Research shows that people who regularly eat nuts and nut butter, including peanut butter, are less likely to develop heart disease and type 2 diabetes."

A new trending topic in nutrition is the Peanut Butter Diet. One serving of peanut butter is packed with 10 calories and 16 grams of fat. It scares people away but a recent study suggests that it can actually help in weight loss.

In a report by ABC News, Holly McCord, nutrition editor of Prevention magazine, said in a statement, "Overweight people thought peanut butter was taboo. But studies now say that you don't just lose weight on the diet, but you stick with the diet better, because peanut butter is tastier and more satisfying, compared to other low-fat, high-carb diets."

How does peanut butter promote weight loss? First, peanut butter increases the production of PYY, a gut and feel-full hormone that is why it can satisfy appetite. It also helps in keeping the body slim and fit, and based on research, nut eaters have healthier body mass index than those who do not eat nuts.

Peanuts are good in controlling cholesterol levels in the body. When cholesterol levels are regulated and kept from rising, it helps in protecting the cardiovascular health of the body. Moreover, peanut butter is known to manage diabetes type II because of its low carbohydrate content, and will not cause any blood sugar spikes.

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