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Peanut butter is a good bodybuilding food. It contains fat and protein. Your body can use these to increase testosterone levels and synthesize muscle tissue. Peanut butter is not ideal. It often contains bad ingredients.
Tip: Peanut butter helps with muscle building. It contains protein and fat and calories.
Tip 2: Peanut butter often contains unhealthy oils. These should ideally be avoided. But for lifters, some amount of these are acceptable.
Nutrition facts. To start, let's look at the nutrition facts for a popular brand of peanut butter. This brand is Skippy creamy peanut butter. The serving size here is two tablespoons. This is actually a large serving.
Tip: With two tablespoons, you can put a thick layer of peanut butter on one or two slices of bread.Bread
Peanut Butter Nutrition Facts Serving Size: 2 Tbsp Servings Per Container: 25 Calories: 190 Calories from Fat: 140 Total Fat: 16 g Saturated Fat: 3 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 150 mg Total Carbohydrate: 7 g Dietary Fiber: 2 g Sugars: 7 g Protein: 7 g
This amount of peanut butter has 190 calories, which is equivalent to one and a half scoops of protein powder—or more than one cup of whole milk. It has a good amount of protein—seven grams.
Please note this protein is not the most bioavailable. This means it cannot be used as well by your body for muscle growth. Whey protein and milk are more easily used for this purpose.Whey ProteinMilk for Lifting Weights
Ingredients. Let's look at the ingredients of the Skippy creamy peanut butter. The product contains roasted peanuts and sugar as the top two ingredients. Then it contains hydrogenated vegetable oils and salt. This is problematic.
And: Bodybuilders need to limit their amounts of sugar. Everyone should limit their consumption of hydrogenated vegetable oil.
Peanut Butter Ingredients Roasted peanuts Sugar Hydrogenated vegetable oils (cottonseed, soybean and rapeseed) (to prevent separation) Salt
The ingredient list of the peanut butter makes me think this is a product best used in moderation. Eating too much Skippy peanut butter would give you too much sugar and hydrogenated vegetable oils.
Tip: It would be better to limit your use of this kind of peanut butter each day.
For bodybuilders lifting heavy weights, their bodies are using so much energy that the exact nutritional values of foods is less important. Suppose a bodybuilder squats heavy weights. His body at this point needs any source of energy.
Note: Exercise provokes a complex chemical reaction in the body that results in increased physical fitness.
And: It counteracts, to a point, food with imperfect nutritional values—such as this peanut butter.
Cost. The cost of this size of peanut butter is about $4.66. This is a 16-ounce container. For bodybuilders with limited budgets—which in my experience is most of them—this is a good value.
It gives you protein and fat to help with muscle-building goals. The cost of food is a consideration for many. For bodybuilders with big budgets (not just big muscles) more natural foods could be considered healthier.
But: For bodybuilders or lifters doing heavy workouts, the body is using so much energy that nutritional facts may matter less.
So: The calories are simply burned quickly. Not eating enough may be more harmful.
Peanuts and mixed nuts are a better choice for bodybuilders. This is because they do not have the hydrogenated vegetable oils or the sugar. Some nuts, such as honey-roasted peanuts, do contain sugar and additives.
Tip: Mixed nuts are expensive but may also be healthier. This assumes you do not go for the candy-coated almonds, which are candy.
Mixed nuts and peanuts are good for bodybuilders. Many kinds do not contain unhealthy ingredients such as the oil noted above. One major constraint for hungry bodybuilders is cost. High quality nuts are more expensive than peanut butter.
Story. I remember those early days of being a bodybuilder. I did not look like one—I did not even look like I "work out." But through those years, I remembered peanut butter as a good food to consider when I was hungry.
And: It turned out to my advantage. Peanut butter is part of a bodybuilding diet.
So: And I now look I "work out"—people don't even ask me if I do. It is obvious.
As a bodybuilder, I have had success with peanut butter. It is okay to eat it by the spoonful. Because it is not a perfect food—it has less bioavailable protein and some products contain harmful fats—I would avoid eating it to excess.
Also: Good luck with your bodybuilding efforts. A strong person needs to eat a lot, so get started.
Summary. Peanut butter is best considered a supplementary food for bodybuilders. It is not the best bodybuilding food but not a bad one either. Many have had success consuming it on a daily basis.
Review: The fat in peanut butter will not be directly stored as fat on your body. Instead it may help increase your hormone profile.