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Peanut Butter Packs a Punch: How Eating PB May Help You Lose Weight

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Updated May 31, 2014

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PB Controls Hunger

Research has shown that snacking on peanut butter is an effective way to control hunger without weight gain. How? Because peanut butter is tops for giving us a feeling of satiety (fullness).

Memories of PB&J sandwiches from childhood always haunted me when I was on low-fat diets. Maybe it's simply because I ate them so often growing up: The average child eats 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches by high school graduation. That's a lot of peanut butter!

Grown-ups must be eating a little bit too, because Americans spend almost 800 million dollars a year on peanut butter! But despite its popularity, many dieters avoid it because of the calories and fat in peanut butter. In addition, many diet experts say that some people shouldn't eat peanut butter for weight loss.  But here are some other facts to consider.

 

PB Won't Blow Your Diet!

Take heart fat-watchers: Treating ourselves to that old favorite can actually curb our appetite and prevent over-eating ... which will in turn help us manage our weight!

A Purdue University study published in the International Journal of Obesity showed subjects who snacked on peanuts and peanut butter were shown to self-adjust their caloric intake spontaneously and ]did not add extra calories to their daily diets.

After participants consumed the snack of peanuts or peanut butter, their hunger was reduced for two and a half hours!

Continued: More Benefits of PB >>

 

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