Is Peanut Butter Good for You?
Peanut Butter has been around since the 1900s and is a timeless favorite for young and old. 🙂
Peanut Butter is considered a relatively unprocessed food. Often it only contains roasted peanuts that are ground until they become butter. Commercial brands often contain sugar and chemicals. Be sure to read the label!!!
Peanut Butter is high in fat and calories…but the good news is it has a lot of nutritional value also. It is a great source of protein, fiber, minerals, vitamins, phytochemicals and good fat. About half of its total fat comes from monounsaturated fat..the “good” fat…which has been linked to reducing cholesterol and keeping healthy blood lipid levels. One third comes from poly unsaturated fat..omega -6 fatty acids…and the rest is saturated fat. Not too bad right?
Peanut Butter provides a source of manganese and niacin. Manganese is an essential mineral that helps activate enzymes that break down nutrients, protect your cells from stress, encourages tissue growth and supports bone development. Niacin..commonly referred to as vitamin B-3…supports your metabolism.
2 tablespoons of peanut butter contain a whooping 7 grams of protein. As we all know…protein helps keep you fuller longer. Added to a healthy diet, peanut butter may help you lose weight. Protein and fiber found in peanut butter can help decrease your craving for junk food and unhealthy snacks.
As with all foods…moderation is key!!! Since there are so many benefits to peanut butter…you still shouldn’t consume a jar a day. Adding a tablespoon or two should do the trick 😉
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