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Watching Your Weight? You Might Want to Turn to This Unexpectedly Fat-Rich Food

We’ve all been there; you pull on your pants in the morning to find they’re a little…tight. They still fit, but they’re definitely a little snugger than they used to be. Maybe you’re not even looking to drop a few pounds; you just want your weight to be steady. Well, there’s a snack for that, according to science.

Stop buying low-fat, and turn to regular peanut butter! The healthy, filling fat in peanuts will keep cravings at bay and, according to a recent study, help lower your BMI and ward off weight gain. Let’s recap that: You not only get to have a snack but also get to enjoy the creamy deliciousness of this classic spread.

Peanut Butter for Weight Loss

Researchers gave two sets of students in the Houston area peanut butter-based snacks either three to four times a week or fewer than once a week for a period of 12 weeks. The students then continued the snacking habit for an additional 12 weeks. After the 6 months, researchers found that the group who snacked on the creamy spread more frequently had lowered their overall BMIs, while the group that barely got the snack had not.

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While this isn’t an invitation to dive into the jar with a spoon–we’re guilty of this, too–it is a relief to not have to shun the yummy spread most of us have a soft spot for. So stop gritting your teeth through a veggie-based snack if it’s not your cup of tea, and break out the PB and an apple. Your waistline–and taste buds–will thank you.

+via <a href=”” target=”blank”>ScienceDaily+_

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