Peanut Butter Diet

peanut butter dietPrevention magazine has been considered as one of the most reliable publications when it comes to health and wellness. They present an eating plan that allows a daily indulgence in peanut butter that will help readers lose weight, lower their cholesterol, and slash the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

The gist

A study conducted by researchers from Penn State University concluded that people who ate peanuts or peanut butter on a daily basis were able to meet the Recommended Daily Allowance for vitamins and nutrients than those who did not. Additionally, peanut and peanut butter eaters get more vitamins A and E, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, and fiber. Nuts are also a great source for monounsaturated fats, which have been linked to lower cholesterol levels.

Because of these health benefits thanks to peanuts and peanut butter, it would not take too long before somebody would create a diet plan out of it. Holly McCord, senior editor of Prevention magazine, created the Peanut Butter Diet. It centers on taking a tablespoon of peanut butter every day, but users are also advised to monitor the calories they eat as well as increasing the amount of physical activity.

The plan advises its users to consume up to 1,500 a day for women and 2,200 for men. And because peanuts are a very calorie-dense food, food portions should be properly monitored. A daily regimen includes a whopping nine servings of fruit and vegetables, as well as 45 minutes of physical activity.

Advantages and disadvantages

Following the diet plan complete with taking a tablespoonful of calorie-packed yet healthy peanut butter provides positive results to those who follow the plan religiously. Plus, the Peanut Butter Diet book is very affordable at US$6.50.

However, scratching off the surface gives you a glaring fact that the Peanut Butter Diet is just your basic calorie-counting diet, with daily exercising as filler. Cynics may chide the program as merely a clever marketing ploy. Also, people who are allergic to peanut butter and nuts in general are discouraged from following this diet plan.