Peanut butter is a good source of protein for athletes and bodybuilders and one of the most loved nut butters across the world. It is made from ground dry and roasted peanuts, some brands include other added ingredients like – salt, sugar, oil to enhance the flavor profile.
These days there are various kinds of peanut butters available, like crunchy (chunky) and creamy (smooth), and flavored.
Benefits of peanut butter in Bodybuilding
In Bodybuilding, you can include peanut butter recipes for breakfast, have it with fruit, whole wheat toast, add it to smoothies as well. It is loaded with nutrients and antioxidants and a balanced source of energy, provides all three macronutrients –
With 25% protein, it is considered to be one of the best sources of plant protein.
It also contains heart-healthy fats, and essential minerals to compensate for the daily requirements of the body. However, the high protein content will help in muscle building and repair, monounsaturated fats will keep your heart healthy, and fiber will aid digestion.
Help in Weight Loss and Digestion
Nut butter is great for the weight loss calorie restricted diet. The monounsaturated fat and high protein content of the butter make it highly satiating. You will feel full for a long time and reduced the hunger which will in turn help in weight loss.
This butter has a high fiber content which helps to keep the bowel movement in check. As we know that fibers are essential for a healthy digestive system.
It has high nutritional value and is rich in antioxidants, vitamin E, and magnesium to fortify your bones and muscles. Bodybuilding requires a strict and healthy diet to support intense weightlifting, strength gains and muscle definition.
While peanut butter is high in sugar, it contains healthy fats and protein that help meet a bodybuilder’s nutritional needs. Monounsaturated fats present in peanut butter are protective of brain health and functioning.
It has enough sugar to satisfy a sweet craving, which is a healthier option than turning to cake or candy in most cases.
You can mix it with the other meals. For example, a serving of peanut butter livens up a protein smoothie or a bowl of oatmeal, goes well with vegetables, fruit and is tasty when blended with spices in a sauce for chicken or tofu. It makes the boring food more interesting.