As an avid gym-goer, I am always looking for an advantage. I want the best workout possible every time I set foot in a gym, and I discovered that eating a serving of peanut butter before my workout gave me a steady and noticeable boost of energy throughout my routine.
A serving of peanut butter is two tablespoons. About 10 minutes before hitting the weights, I ate a serving of peanut butter and almost immediately felt the effects. And because peanut butter is high in fiber, I did not experience any sort of “crash” after digestion.
I was able to lift about 10% heavier weight compared to without it, and I felt energized enough to extend my workouts 10 to 15 minutes longer than usual.
Peanut butter is a calorie-rich food and supplies the body with lots of energy with its high protein count as well as carbohydrates for quick energy. And, “its healthy fats, protein, and fiber help stave off hunger and keep blood sugar levels stable,” writes Everyday Health.
As a high-calorie snack, peanut butter also aids in muscle recovery and is a staple food for many who lead active lifestyles.
Health benefits of peanut butter
Peanut butter provides a wealth of health benefits.
First, it contains healthy monounsaturated fats, the same type of fat found in olive oil. According to Healthline, the fat in peanut butter has been linked to improving insulin sensitivity, too.
It is also rich in vitamins and minerals. According to Healthline, peanut butter contains:
- Vitamin E: 45% of the RDA
- Vitamin B3 (Niacin): 67% of the RDA
- Vitamin B6: 27% of the RDA
- Folate: 18% of the RDA
- Magnesium: 39% of the RDA
- Copper: 24% of the RDA
- Manganese: 73% of the RDA
RDA = Recommended Daily Allowance
Additionally, peanut butter is rich in antioxidants, zinc, and magnesium, all of which help to boost immune health, help protein synthesis, and aid hundreds of natural chemical processes in the body.
How much is too much peanut butter?
Though peanut butter is generally good for us, too much peanut butter can promote weight gain, especially non-natural peanut butter with lots of additives like sugar and oils.
If peanut butter is not your cup of tea, WebMD recommends a variety of alternatives, including almond butter, macadamia nut butter, and walnut butter. All of these alternatives have similar ingredient profiles to peanut butter but contain a better source of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, said WebMD. Walnut butter is the lowest calorie option from among these.
“These alternatives may also be suitable for people with peanut allergies, although you should talk to your doctor to make sure a nut butter is safe for you.”
Most doctors and dietitians recommend one to two tablespoons of peanut butter per day.
In conclusion, give peanut butter a try before your next workout. Eat a serving about 10 minutes before hitting the gym or going for a jog and take note of how it affects your workout.
You might be pleasantly surprised!
I also tried eating peanut butter right before bed and was pleased by the results.