IN THE HIERARCHY nuts, peanuts at the bottom. Cashews, almonds and walnuts are varied and healthy. Peanuts often go to the pub. But fitness-minded people stock up on legumes because they are actually just as nutritious, and a jar of peanut butter is much more affordable than a tastier nut butter.
For starters, peanuts pack protein. An ounce is 164 calories and gives 6.6 grams of protein and 2.2 grams of fiber. It contains a small amount of trace elements, including manganese, magnesium and copper, as well as anti-inflammatory antioxidants. Peanuts have a cardioprotective effect – some studies have confirmed that people who regularly eat peanut butter and other nuts are less likely to get heart disease.
Nutritional concentration is attractive as peanuts are easy to digest. “Peanut butter is a popular sports nutrition,” says Nancy Clark, a Boston nutritionist and author. Sports Nutrition Guide"That's why runners offer peanut butter sandwiches for breakfast."
Athletes should have several servings of nuts per week – including peanuts. According to Clark, when buying peanut butter, choose low-processed all-natural brands. Heavily processed ones have less anti-inflammatory properties and may contain sugar and corn syrup. Natural oil is separated, with the formation of oil on top. Simple solution: keep the jar upside down.
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