Eating Peanut Butter May Not Be As Healthy As You Think It Is. Here's Why

Peanut butter is one ingredient that goes well with a variety of things. Perhaps you like to make yourself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich when you're in need of a quick snack. Or, maybe you prefer to add a spoonful of peanut butter to your bowl of oats every morning for a delicious twist. According to Spoon University, the options are endless if you're looking to experiment with peanut butter and incorporate the ingredient into your diet.

For example, you can prep for a workout by eating a quick but delicious snack like a banana with peanut butter. Or take a leap of faith and mix peanut butter with hummus for an explosion of flavors. You can also stir-fry your veggies and add a bit of peanut butter coupled with all the usual suspects such as soy sauce, hot sauce, ginger, and of course, garlic. However, there's one thing that you need to remember: peanut butter is best enjoyed in moderation. Read on to know more.

Watch out for the portion sizes

As per HuffPost, it's very easy to overdo peanut butter if you're not being mindful — and this can be really bad news for your waistline. You see, recommended serving sizes usually ask you to limit yourself to two tablespoons as opposed to as huge spoonfuls of the delicious stuff. There's a good reason for this. 

Peanut butter is typically really high in calories, as just two tablespoons will cost you somewhere around 190 of them. You also need to remember that you often eat something else with peanut butter, which automatically means more calories. Fortunately, one Redditor does have solutions to combat this problem. "Buy natural peanut butter (ingredients: ground peanuts, salt)... the kind with oil on the top," they shared. "Pour off the oil. Lower-cal peanut butter. A little harder to spread, but not bad at room temp." Well, that's not such a bad idea, right? You'll get to enjoy peanut butter without sacrificing a ridiculous amount of calories.