Eating before bedtime will get you chastised by most people. They will tell you'll gain weight and that it is not a good idea to eat ANYTHING before we hit the sack. It has been preached to us over and over that eating before bed would make you prone to fat gain. This train of thought is true to some extent, however, there are some exceptions to the rule. If you are an athlete, working out regularly, looking to add mass, or even burn fat there are certain foods that are fine to eat before bedtime peanut butter is definitely one of those foods. This post will discuss why you should eat peanut butter before bed.
Why Eat Peanut Butter Before Bed?
Your body is about to go on a fast (without food) for the next 7-9 hours. Now if you are on a regular training program your muscles should have been broken down and in a state of recovery - they are repairing themselves and beginning to grow. Peanut butter a calorie dense food packed with healthy fats. Peanut butter also takes a good amount of time to digest meaning it will fuel your recovery all through the night. If you consume some peanut butter about 30 minutes before bedtime along with a healthy shot of casein protein powder your body will have a steady supply of nutrients throughout the night which will enhance your growth and recovery and prevent your body from shutting down and becoming catabolic at night.
What Kind of Peanut Butter Should I Eat before bed?
Not all peanut butter is created equal and if you're looking to eat some of this creamy goodness before bed time (which means you're trying to build muscle and probably keep fat down), you should eat natural peanut butter. Avoid peanut butter that contains extra oils and sugars as you don't need them (especially the sugar). I personally like the Smuckers brand of natural peanut butter. The only ingredient is peanuts and you have to stir it before eating since it separates - If your peanut butter is separated, this is usually a good sign.
I don't like Peanut Butter, Can I Eat Something Else?
If you do not like eating straight-up peanut butter before bedtime you can substitute them with pretty much any kind of nuts:
Only about 8% of Americans eat nuts regularly, however a high percentage of Americans consume peanut butter. Most people shy away from eating too much peanut butter because they are scared of the high amounts of fat and calories, however, when eaten properly and combined with other healthy foods, the benefits of peanut butter can not be denied!