Every time you eat a spoon of goodness, you swear that it is going to be the last spoon. You are not the only individual to have said this and kept going on and on, even bought yourself a new jar of peanut butter the next day. Have you ever thought of the possibility that this craving for peanut butter may be something beyond your lack of willpower?
Well, the fact is that this craving may have an underlying cause. Hunger and desire are two different things. Hunger will definitely be satisfied with any kind of food. However, cravings can only be met by a particular food. Food cravings are associated with restricted eating and dieting. At other times, your body may be trying to communicate with you so that you realise that you are deficient in some nutrient. Dealing with cravings is not easy. You need to ensure that both the mind and body are equally taken care of when handling cravings.
Craving Peanut Butter Like Crazy
Peanuts in itself are something that anybody can develop a craving for, let alone the butter. Peanuts are a great source of many essential nutrients. They are a powerhouse of phytonutrients which are known to have many positive effects on the human body. One such effect is the unique ability of the phytonutrient beta-sitosterol in helping reduce anxiety. Anxiety leads to stress which triggers cravings for foods high in fat. This is why you want that jar of peanut butter when you are in a stressed state of mind. Peanut butter also contains nutrients like protein, fat, iron, magnesium, amino acids and folate. When you are restricting your calories or are on a low-fat diet, you may be deficient in these nutrients, and that could be why you crave peanut butter.
Enjoying the benefits of a low-carb diet, yet craving peanut butter? Well, it is highly possible as peanut butter is high in fat and low in carbohydrates; it is an approved low-carb food. Now as this can be a substitute for carbs, and also because of its nutritional makeup and satisfying texture, one may over consume and develop a craving. When you are on a diet, the food you eat would most probably be insipid, adding a dash of peanut butter makes it edible and delicious. Well, the reason you feel good when you consume large amounts of peanut butter is that it contains fats, and fats are satiating.
It isn’t always bad giving in to your cravings. This depends on what type of craving you have. If it is peanut butter, then indulging in it now and then isn’t harmful. However, do consider that the body is deficient when the craving happens so you can alternatively correct the deficiency first. Identify if you are suffering from fat deficiency, stress, or very low carbohydrates and fix it accordingly.
If you are low in fat consumption, add a dash of coconut oil to your food and the craving will disappear. If you are on a low-carb diet, try including a lot of vegetables. Finally, if you are craving peanut butter because you are stressed, eat it. Hell’s not going to break loose.