Because peanut butter has such high levels of monounsaturated fat and is a great source of protein, I add it into my diet on a pretty regular basis. It is so important to know that not all peanut butters are the same. If you eat peanut butter often and want to improve your health, only buy 100% NATURAL peanut butter. Most companies add hydrogenated vegetable oils, which are high in trans fatty acids. These are the kind of fats you want to stay far away from. They are thought to be the cause of coronary heart disease and strokes.
If you’re buying reduced-fat peanut butter because you think it’s better for your waistline, don’t be fooled. The calories are the same (or even a little higher) thanks to the extra ingredients that are added to make up for the missing fat (including more sugar). Remember all natural peanut butter contains a healthy fat, which can help trim body fat when consumed in small portions. My favorite thing to add it to is my peanut butter chocolate protein drink. I will add the recipe and you must try it!