Short Answer: Peanut butter is good for arthritis, but only in moderation and depending on the type of arthritis.
Arthritis is a condition that affects your joints, which are the places where two bones meet in your body.
In arthritis, your body has inflammation in one or more joints, which causes pain, stiffness, swelling, and reduced range of motion.
This can lead to various health problems, such as joint damage, disability, and increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
One of the key factors in managing arthritis is diet.
What you consume can affect your inflammation levels, which can impact your arthritis symptoms and overall health.
To effectively manage arthritis, you should consume anti-inflammatory foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, and fish, and avoid pro-inflammatory foods like red meat, processed foods, sugar, and refined grains.
Now, peanut butter is a food paste or spread made from ground, dry-roasted peanuts.
It commonly contains additional ingredients that modify the taste or texture, such as salt, sweeteners, or emulsifiers.
People usually eat peanut butter as a spread on bread, toast, or crackers, or use it to make sandwiches, desserts, or snacks.
Peanut butter is good for arthritis because it contains healthy fats, protein, and antioxidants.
However, this depends on the type and amount of peanut butter you consume, as well as the type of arthritis you have.
Two tablespoons of natural peanut butter can give you 16 grams of fat (mostly unsaturated), 8 grams of protein, and 3 grams of fiber, as well as some vitamin E, niacin, manganese, magnesium, and copper.
Unsaturated fats can help reduce inflammation and lower cholesterol levels, which can benefit people with rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory types of arthritis.
Protein can help build and repair muscle tissue, which can support joint function and mobility.
Fiber can help lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels, which can prevent diabetes and heart disease, common complications of arthritis.
Vitamin E, niacin, manganese, magnesium, and copper are antioxidants that can protect your cells from oxidative stress and inflammation, which can worsen arthritis symptoms and damage.
However, peanut butter also contains some saturated fat, sodium, and sugar, which can have negative effects on arthritis if consumed in excess.
Saturated fat can increase inflammation and cholesterol levels, which can aggravate arthritis and increase the risk of heart disease.
Sodium can increase blood pressure and fluid retention, which can put more pressure on your joints and cause swelling.
Sugar can spike blood sugar levels and trigger inflammation, which can worsen pain and stiffness.
Furthermore, peanut butter is a legume and legumes are good for arthritis.
Because, they contain phytochemicals that can modulate the immune system and reduce inflammation, which can benefit people with autoimmune types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis.
You can eat two tablespoons of natural peanut butter per day safely.
More than that can cause weight gain, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar, which can worsen arthritis and increase the risk of other health problems.
Also, you shouldn’t eat peanut butter if you have gout, a type of arthritis that causes uric acid crystals to form in your joints.
Because, peanut butter is high in purines, which can increase uric acid levels and trigger gout attacks.
You can buy fresh peanut butter in your local market or can order it online.
Always choose natural peanut butter that contains no additives other than a little salt.
Because, additives like sugar, vegetable oil, and trans fats can reduce its nutritional value and increase its inflammatory potential.
You can store peanut butter in a cool, dry place for up to three months, or in the refrigerator for up to six months.
Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing arthritis effectively.
I always recommend my arthritis patients to follow an arthritis-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.