We all love peanut butter, a creamy mixture with a good source of protein. This delicious spread provides a rich source of healthy monounsaturated fats, which has a great impact on our overall health.
Peanut butter is extremely nutritious, it is full of fiber, antioxidants, and potassium. It reduces bad LDL cholesterol levels, as well as high blood pressure, and the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
A 2015 study found that peanut butter lowers the risk of premature death, and cuts the risk of allergy by 80%.
Here are some interesting facts about peanut butter backed up by new research:
- Despite their high fat and calorie content. Peanuts provide a great source of energy that helps in boosting the metabolic rate.
- Peanut butter also controls your appetite, therefore it supports weight loss.
- It is high in beta-sitosterol, which boosts the production of serotonin in the body.
- Eating peanut butter during pregnancy may promote immune tolerance in your child.
- It contains high amounts of vitamins E and K, which detoxify the body, soothe PMS symptoms, protect your eyesight, and promote bone health.
- It is abundant in magnesium, therefore your muscle and nerve health will improve.
- Also, it reduces anxiety and helps improve brain function due to the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
- The abundance of omega-3s helps to reduce inflammation in the body.
However, note that it is important to not combine peanut butter with other high carbohydrate treats. Always consume it in moderate amounts, and combine with good and healthy low-calorie options, like celery and apples.
When choosing peanut butter make sure to get a good, healthy brand. After all, you can always try the following all-natural alternative.
Here is a 5 minute homemade peanut butter recipe:
- 2 cups dry roasted peanuts
- 1–2 tablespoons honey or sugar
- salt (to taste)
Place peanuts in a food processor, turn it on and let it run for 4 – 5 minutes. Process until the peanuts go to a smooth and creamy liquid. Stir in the sugar or honey and the salt, then mix again.
Store in the fridge or at room temperature, preferably in a glass container.