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Why you should eat peanut butter before going to bed

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Whether you’re in the muscle building and mass phase, or the diet and definition phase, peanut butter is not only healthy, but also the perfect snack for athletes. We will explain why peanut butter is perfect for you, and why you should eat it before you go to bed.

Peanut butter has a lot of calories, and is also incredibly delicious. It may not sound like a typical fitness food, but it is indeed incredibly healthy. It’s also amazingly useful for helping you fall asleep and it does wonders for you no matter whether you want to build muscles or lose fat.

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IS PEANUT BUTTER REALLY HEALTHY?

Yes. Unsaturated fatty acids. Vegetable protein. Potassium and magnesium. Vitamin E and arginine. What do these nutrients have in common? They are all important for promoting healthy muscles, and giving you a beautiful body. Peanut butter contains them all. That’s why peanut butter is healthy.

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TASTY PROTEIN SUPPLY WITH EVERY SPOONFUL

Snack, spread, topping, or sauce. Sweet or savoury. Peanut butter is the protein-rich companion for your kitchen. Whether you’re after protein for muscle building or after fiber when on a diet, peanut butter has valuable nutrients that support your performance in sports and everyday life. It really is a must-have.

  • Ideal as a spread on bread or in smoothies
  • Rich in important vitamins and minerals
  • Provides valuable polyunsaturated fatty acids
  • 100 % organic quality and without artificial additives
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SO YOU SHOULD EAT PEANUT BUTTER BEFORE BED

The sum total of its positive properties makes peanut butter healthy and a wonderful good-night snack.

What happens if you eat peanut butter before going to bed

  • Throughout the night your muscles will be supplied with high quality protein.
  • Muscle building is promoted and muscle breakdown prevented.
  • Regeneration is supported by valuable micronutrients.
  • The protein content stimulates thermogenesis.
  • You get all the nutrients you need through the whole night.
  • Morning cravings are a thing of the past.

PEANUT – THE PROTEIN NUT

Actually, the peanut isn’t a nut, it’s a legume. But its nutritional make-up is in no way inferior to that of “real nuts”. In a direct protein comparison with almonds, macadamia, and other such nuts, peanuts are clearly ahead with a good 26 g of protein per 100 g. Peanut butter is healthy and has nutritional value that is perfect for athletes.

PEANUT BUTTER FOR THE MUSCLE & MASS BUILDING PHASE

Peanut butter has a lot of fat and calories. At 9 kcal per gram, fat is the macronutrient with the most calories. This is why peanut butter provides so many calories and this is why peanut butter makes it easier to get those excess calories needed to build muscle.Fat is not only about quantity, but also about quality. This is where healthy peanut butter scores with flying colors, with its high proportion of unsaturated fatty acids. The nutritional value of peanut butter is a top winner with its few carbohydrates, and its loads of protein, healthy fat, and fibre. Naturally contained arginine and magnesium support performance, and potassium helps to replenish glycogen stores after training. This makes peanut butter healthy and as we said, the perfect food for athletes.

PEANUT BUTTER IN THE DIET & BULKING PHASE

Protein increases thermogenesis. This means that the digestion of peanut butter requires a lot of energy. Immediately after consumption, basal metabolic rate and fat burning are stimulated. This is particularly useful overnight. Increased fat burning prevents unattractive fat flab, as well as hunger cravings in the morning. High-quality protein helps to maintain muscles.

PEANUT BUTTER IS HEALTHY – IF YOU CONSIDER THREE RULES

1. KNOW THE CROWD.

Muscle building or diet? For one you need a calorie surplus, for the other a calorie deficit. Both are possible with peanut butter, but only in portions that help you meet your goal.

2. PEANUT BUTTER YES – CARBOHYDRATES NO

Carbohydrates create an increased release of insulin. Insulin blocks the burning of fat and the storage of fats. So if you combine peanut butter and carbohydrates the healthy effect of peanut butter is reversed.

3. SUGAR, TRAN FATS, AND QUALITY

Sugar is often added to peanut butter. Whether white sugar, agave, honey, or raw cane sugar, sugar is still sugar. Sugar is full of carbohydrates – see rule number 2. Also, we use the highest organic quality of peanuts and process them in the best possible way, which makes sure they retain their full nutritional kick.

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