Let's start with the basics: Peanuts are not a nut, they're a legume. That's right, they deceivingly look like nuts and seem to sneak their way into all those mixed bags of nuts - but they are indeed NOT a nut. Don't believe me? Check the Peanut Institute: http://www.peanut-institute.org/peanut-facts/
(Yes, there is a Peanut Institute - i was surprised too).
|SOMETIMES. But definitely not on a |
|Sorry, but apples and peanut butter are NOT my |
idea of a healthy snack - the apples spikes blood
sugar, while the body expends a great deal of energy
trying to digest the peanut butter...
Still not convinced? Check the nutrition labels; most peanut-butters - even the "healthy" ones - have sugar, salt, and hydrogenated oils. By the way, your body cannot process hydrogenated oils, so once it goes in it...well, your guess is as good as mine. Finally, peanut butter is incredibly calorie dense - with approximately 190 calories in just 2 tablespoons. I don't know about you, but most people do not eat just 2 tablespoons.
But hope is not lost! There are a ton of other delicious peanut butter alternatives - my favorite being almond butter! Try the following:
- Almond butter
- Coconut butter (when mixing it in things -likes shakes and pancakes)
- Macademia nut butter
- Pistachio nut butter