Is Peanut Butter Good for You?

Even with the wide variety of nut and seed butters on grocery store shelves, peanut butter is still the one that reigns supreme. It tends to be the least expensive option and is a go-to in smoothies, in oatmeal, and, of course, classic PB&Js. But is peanut butter good for you?

On the one hand, nuts are known for being a great source of plant-based protein. On the other, you may have heard that peanut butter is high in sugar and sodium. So which one is it?

Is Peanut Butter Good for You? 

Registered dietitians Amanda Baker Lemein, RD, and Cara Harbstreet, RD, both say that peanut butter is, in fact, full of nutrients that benefit the body. “Peanut butter is a delicious, affordable and accessible source of plant-based protein and important nutrients,” says Lemein, who has worked with the National Peanut Board. “It is also very versatile and can be used in a variety of snacks and meals that fit within many different cuisines and cultural foods. Plus, as a zero-waste crop with the lowest water usage of any nut, it is a sustainable and healthy choice for people and the planet alike.” In other words, she’s a fan and peanut butter easily gets her registered dietitian seal of approval.