Peanut butter enriches the taste of just about anything edible for over 130 years, and this nutritious and delicious spread is a rich source of healthy monounsaturated fats, which support weight loss.
A 2015 study conducted by Vanderbilt University analyzed its effects on health and found that it lowers the risk of premature death and improves health in various ways.
Peanuts are full of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, as well as fiber, antioxidants, and potassium. Peanut butter lowers LDL cholesterol levels, and the risk of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.
Here are some interesting facts about peanut butter revealed by this study:
- Peanuts are higher in protein than other nuts and accelerate the metabolic rate, so they support weight loss;
- Peanut butter will keep you full longer, but as it is rich in calories and fat, consume it in moderate amounts;
- Being rich in beta-sitosterol, peanut butter lowers stress and boosts the production of serotonin in the body;
- The consumption of peanut butter during pregnancy lowers the risk of a peanut allergy in the child;
- Peanut butter is rich in vitamins E and K, which detoxify the body, soothe PMS symptoms, prevent cataracts and other eye disorders, and improve bone health;
- Peanut butter energizes the body and treats fatigue;
- It is abundant in magnesium, which is vital for our overall health, as it is involved in over 300 biochemical processes in the body, detoxifies the system, regulates body temperature, and is crucial for nerve and muscle health;
- Peanuts are high in omega-6 fats that fight inflammation in the body;
- Peanut butter improves brain health and function, due to the potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
However, despite the numerous benefits of this spread, experts warn that you should always consume it in moderate amounts, and not in a combination with high carbs, in order not to lower its healthy qualities.
Also, choose peanut butter that does not contain hydrogenated oils, brought by these unhealthy fats.
In order to reap all the benefits of this delicious creamy spread and ensure that you are consuming a healthy product, you can also try the following recipe for homemade peanut butter:
5- Minute Homemade Peanut Butter Recipe
- 2 cups dry roasted peanuts
- 1–2 tablespoons honey or sugar
- salt (to taste)
Place the peanuts in the food processor, turn it on, and let it run for about five minutes. Process until the peanuts have become a smooth and creamy “liquid” peanut butter.
Next, add the sugar, or sugar, and mix again. Stir in the salt.
You can either store the peanut butter in the fridge or keep it at room temperature if you believe that you will go through it fast enough.