How Peanut Butter Can Help You Hit Your Weight Loss Goals

Feel guilty about eating high-calorie peanut butter every day? Don’t. New research finds a good reason to keep loading up on peanut buttery goodness—as if you needed an excuse. (We bet you can relate to these 20 Things All Peanut Butter Addicts Understand.)

Kids who ate peanuts or peanut butter three times a week over the course of 12 weeks had lower BMIs by the end of the study than those who ate the snack once a week or less, according to the Journal of Applied Research on Children.

Peanuts and peanut butter kept the kids full in between meals, preventing an all-out binge once they got home. “Peanuts and peanut butter support satiety and are nutrient dense,” says Craig Johnston, Ph.D., a behavioral psychologist at the University of Houston, and author of the study. (Have you tried these 10 Healthy Peanut Butter Recipes?)

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