There are a number of foods that can wreak havoc on your metabolism.
These foods that cause inflammation in the body which you may notice in the form of bloating, fatigue, digestive discomfort or more serious symptoms such as swelling and joint pain.
Even if you’ve never had digestive issues, inflammatory foods contribute to problems in digestion and nutrient absorption for nearly everyone. They also slow down fat burning and disrupt hormones.
There are (at least) 6 foods that are especially troublesome for metabolism. Let’s start with what I think is a surprising one: peanut butter.
Peanut butter is considered healthy in terms of the protein and fat content, but the problem is that it is very high in omega-6 fatty acids.
We need to consume Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids in a 1:4 ratio, but most Americans are consuming them in a 1:25 ratio due to refined oils and other processed ingredients in our packaged food (and fast food).
Peanuts are also stored in moist silos which can cause them to grow a type of fungus called aflatoxins and these affect the health of your gut. It competes with probiotics (the good bacteria) which are essential for gut health. Peanuts are also a common allergen and linked to food sensitivities, leaky gut syndrome and a slow metabolism.
I love peanut butter and used to eat it every day! It’s definitely okay to include peanut butter in your diet, but aim for the natural, organic options or use alternatives if you eat nut butter every day.
Some of the best alternatives are to mix up your nut butters or switch to other nuts and/or sunflower seed butter. Almond butter is a particularly good alternative. It’s high in the amino acid L-arginine which increases human growth hormone production in your body and boosts metabolism.
Curious to learn more of the foods that affect your metabolism? Join me on a free webinar in two weeks. Details to register are here. If you can’t make it, you can register anyway and I’ll send you the recording.
Do you have a favorite nut butter?
Did you grow up eating peanut butter every day?