Why peanut butter is so popular among gym going people
1. A good option for gymmers
A tasty creamy paste best enjoyed with bread, or chapati by more desi people, peanut butter has been a staple for most bodybuilders in the West for years. And now, thanks to globalization, even Indian bodybuilders and gym-goers can swear by it. There are many ways to consume peanuts, roasted, salted, or even straight from the shell. So what makes this peanut rendition so desirable to gymers? Let us take a look.
2. Good vs bad peanut butter
Before getting into the nitty-gritties of peanut butter, it is important to distinguish between a jar of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ peanut butter. Those who consume it to aid their workout regimens would already be aware of the difference, but the general public needs a little more awareness. Most commercial peanut butter is loaded with sugar to enhance the taste, making it unfit for healthy consumption. To maintain the semi-liquid composition at room temperature, commercial peanut butter is loaded with hydrogenated oils, which is extremely unhealthy. It contains high trans fat, which causes many health complications like heart disease and diabetes. So while buying a jar of peanut butter, make sure to look out for these two ingredients, and if present, immediately dump the jar. Healthy peanut butter will not contain sugar or hydrogenated oils.
3. Expert’s take
According to Chetan Kanani, co-founder, Alpino Health Foods, “Peanut Butter is an affordable substitute for expensive fitness supplements. With around 30 essential minerals and vitamins, it is very rich in terms of protein and is loved by fitness enthusiasts as a post-work meal. He adds,”The health-conscious and gym-going are always on a lookout for a healthy snack with zero cholesterol, zero trans-fats, and high-fibre properties, making Peanut Butter a popular choice among them.”
4. Protein content
Now that we are clear about the differences between the good and bad variety, let’s get on with the topic at hand. So, why do people who gym eat more peanut butter? First off, its high in protein. This relates not to peanut butter, but to peanuts in general. Gym goers need to consume protein in high doses to aid muscle growth and recovery. Peanuts are an excellent source of protein, with 25.8 grams of protein per 100 grams. Peanut butter is an easy to consume snack which fulfils a large part of most gymmers’ protein requirements.
5. High in calories
Peanuts are high in calories, which is why most doctors recommend consuming it in moderation. For gymmers however, calories are a boon, and not a bane. A large amount of calories is required to increase overall body mass and to give muscles a more well rounded appearance, as it aids lean muscle growth. Therefore peanut butter is a good option to increase calorie intake for people who hit the gym.
6. Pre workout snack
It is recommended by most bodybuilding stalwarts that consuming protein and carbs before a workout is beneficial. Peanut butter is packed with protein, and also contains a hefty dose of carbs, making it the perfect pre workout snack to fuel your workout.
7. Other nutrients
Apart from being one of the best sources of overall macronutrients, peanuts also contain other essential nutrients which are beneficial to people who gym. It contains phosphorus, which helps the body to produce healthy cells and in producing energy; zinc, which is necessary for immunity, protein synthesis, and DNA formation; vitamin b-6, that promotes heart and immune system health; niacin, which benefits digestion and nerve function and helps produce energy; and magnesium, which aids in over 300 chemical processes in the body. With all these health benefits, peanut butter is no less than a superfood.
8. Unsaturated fats
Unsaturated or healthy fats are present in abundance in peanut butter. These fats are said to negate heart disease by lowering cholesterol, and contrary to saturated fat, helps in promoting weight loss.
9. It is tasty
Apart from being a healthy source of nutrition for gymmers and bodybuilders, peanut butter is simply delicious. Whether you have the creamy or crunchy version, peanut butter will provide a satiating feeling for your taste buds. Moreover, it is easy to consume and can be eaten on the go.
Some things are important to keep in mind before eating peanut butter. Gymmers will agree that it is not a good idea to consume immediately before workout as it is hard to digest, and can get in the way of your workout, in the form of gas or bloating. Since it is high in calories, it may not be a good idea to consume regularly for those watching their weight. Peanuts cause heat in the body, which could cause acidity or more physical symptoms like heat boils. So be careful while eating it in the summer.