Reasons for Peanut Butter Cravings

Updated February 21, 2017

Peanut butter is a combination of salty and sweet and satisfies a multitude of flavour cravings. Hormone imbalances lead women to succumb to their food cravings more than men, according to Dr. Douglas Hunt in the article "No More Cravings." Serotonin triggers feelings of happiness in a person. Cravings are the body's way of craving for additional serotonin. Cravings for unhealthy foods are common, though halthy food substitutions are just as effective in satisfying food cravings as an unhealthy snack.


Peanut butter is a source of energy in our diets. The ingredients of peanut butter help body tissue repair itself and develop new tissue. Peanut butter has minerals and vitamins that help the body fight off infection and disease. Niacin, for example, helps people maintain a healthy nervous system and digestive tract. When people are low on energy, a few spoonfuls of peanut butter gives the body a shot of B6, which helps red blood cells transport oxygen in the body, increasing energy. Peanut butter craving can mean that your body needs some fuel for energy.


Women have monthly hormone fluctuations. An excess of oestrogen and progesterone can cause women to crave foods like peanut butter. Hormone fluctuations create a chemical imbalance in women and lowers serotonin production. Peanut butter is a satisfying food choice for hormone imbalance because it combines carbohydrates, protein, fat, sugar and salt in one food source. When women are going through their periods, craving peanut butter is common. The minerals and vitamins in peanut butter make the food craving a healthy one. Satisfaction can come from eating peanut butter right out of the jar when eaten with bread or crackers.

Stress and Exhaustion

People lead busy lives today striving for balance between work, family and rest. Not eating a balanced diet is easy to do when your life is stressful. Food is fuel for your body. Food is a source of energy that keeps the body operating. Craving peanut butter during stressful times means that your body needs more energy. Protein is a source of energy and peanut butter is a rich source of both fat and protein. Fat and protein provide nutrients that the body needs to keep running. When a person is exhausted and then eats peanut butter the breakdown of the food source in the body acts as a fuel and lifts the energy level of the person.


Peanut butter is a sweet and salty food source that has essential vitamins, minerals, protein and saturated fats. People crave peanut butter when their body is deficient in protein. The best way to end a craving is to eat what you crave. Moderation is the key. Too much of anything isn't healthy.

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About the Author

Tammy Bronson has been a freelance writer since 1994. As a writer for Thompson Gale Publishing she wrote autobiographies and legal reviews. With Bronson wrote innovative informative articles about colleges and universities nationwide. She lives in the Greater Boston Area and has a Master of Arts degree in literature and writing from the State University of New York.