If you type 'peanut bodybuilding' on Google, you will find hundreds of results displaying you 'peanut butter' in bodybuilding. The majority of forum threads are talking about peanut butter. When bodybuilders talk about peanut, they will mention only peanut butter. Thus, people say almost nothing about eating whole peanuts. This might a quite confusing if you know nothing about peanuts.
If everyone is eating peanut butter, should you also stick to the butter while ignoring whole peanuts? This is a question you may ask yourself, one day. What is more, I couldn't find any informative blog posts on the Web comparing peanuts vs peanut butter. I found only a few threads on different forums with absolutely no valuable information. Therefore, I decided to make a good comparison of peanuts vs peanut butter on my blog. I hope this article will be very helpful, and you will make a right decision on what to incorporate into your diet.
PEANUTS ARE NOT PROCESSED
To make peanut butter, companies and factories firstly fry peanuts, and then, mold them till they get that brown cream. Then, this peanut cream is mixed with a large variety of different ingredients. No doubt, when you fry something, it will definitely lose some of its nutritional value. For example, a raw tomato has more vitamins and nutrients than a fried tomato. This happens to all food that is processed.
Peanuts are not processed. When you go to a supermarket and buy peanuts, you will get a maximum nutritional value out of this beans. Whole peanuts have more proteins, carbohydrates, fiber, and other beneficial nutrients than the butter. Therefore, if you want to get the most juice out of this product, you should definitely eat raw peanuts.
PEANUT BUTTER AND PEANUTS ARE EQUALLY CALORIFIC
Peanuts are extremely calorific. Only 100 grams of raw peanuts contain 600 calories. This is why peanuts are so popular in the bodybuilding world. Since calories are used as a fuel by the body to build muscles, bodybuilders strive to consume as many calories as possible.
It seems like peanuts and peanut have an equal number of calories. Some sources give 588 calories per 100 grams. Others claim 600 calories per 100 grams. It is not much important. Thus, we conclude that peanuts and the butter have an equal number of calories. Therefore, raw peanuts are not more advantageous than the butter if calories is your main goal. Both of them will give you a big amount of calories.
RAW PEANUTS ARE CHEAPER THAN THE BUTTER
No doubts, unprocessed raw peanuts are much cheaper than the butter. When you buy peanut butter, you will pay for the jar, sugar, oil, and all other ingredients of the butter. On the other hand, raw peanuts are very cheap. Even if you are on a budget, I bet you will be able to buy even more peanuts than you will need. With raw peanuts, you will never run out of your money.
PEANUT BUTTER IS TASTIER THAN PEANUTS
Even if raw peanuts seem to be more advantageous than peanut butter, we all acknowledge that peanut butter is much more delicious than whole peanut beans.
Whilst raw peanuts have almost no taste if they are not salted or sugared, peanut butter was specially designed to make you addicted to its amazing taste. This is why this butter is extremely popular.
PEANUT BUTTER IS MORE CONVENIENT TO EAT
You can eat the butter with bread, salads, sandwiches, waffles, candies, and many other foods. You can delight peanut butter solo. It is very convenient to eat the butter. You don't have to chew it. Thus, less energy is spent to digest this butter.
Raw peanuts, on the opposite side, require some efforts to be eaten. I take a plate of raw peanuts and eat them by the use of a tablespoon. I sink the spoon in the cup, take a full of peanuts on it, and then, put the nuts in my mouth. Then, I chew them. Hence, it requires some work to consume big amounts of peanuts on a daily basis.
Raw peanuts are unprocessed, and therefore, they contain more nutrients, proteins, and fiber than peanut fiber. What is more, peanuts are much cheaper than peanut butter. On the opposite side, the butter and peanuts are equally calorific. However, peanut butter is more delicious and convenient to eat than peanuts.
As we see, both peanuts and peanut butter have their cons and pros. None of them is a full winner of today's comparison. I recommend including both peanuts and peanut butter in your diet. You will definitely win if you do this.