Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches have long been a staple during most childhoods. As we have matured and embraced new and different "adult" foods, peanut butter may have fallen by the wayside during meal planning. The good news? It's time to invite Peanut Butter back to the table - for a lot of great reasons!
1. Weight Loss - PB has the incredible combination of fiber (2.6 g per serving) and protein (7-8 g per serving) that keeps you feeling full for longer, so you end up eating less overall.
2. Heart Healthy - PB contains more unsaturated fat than saturated fat which lowers the risk of cardiovascular and coronary heart disease.
3. Lowers Risk of Cancer - PB is high in cancer fighting Vitamin E. PB also contains an antioxidant called resveratrol, which has been known to fight free radicals that can cause heart disease and cancer.
4. Protects Against Alzheimer's Disease and Other Neurodegenerative Diseases - PB is high in niacin which is good for the brain and fighting Alzeheimer's Disease.
5. Prevents Gallstones - PB can lower LDL (bad cholesterol) and increase 'good' cholesterol (HDL), thereby reducing the possibility of developing gallstones.
6. Lowers Risk of Diabetes - According to a study published in the Journal of The American Medical Association, “Eating about 2 tablespoons of peanut butter at least 5 days a week can reduce the risk of developing diabetes by almost 30%, particularly Type 2 Diabetes”.
7. Promotes Strong Bones - PB has an abundance of iron and calcium which contribute to strong, healthy bones.
8. Bodybuilders - With 8+ g of protein, 2 g of dietary fiber, 208 milligrams of potassium, more than half a gram of iron, 24 micromilligrams of folate, 188 calories and 3 grams of sugars in a two tablespoon serving, PB supports intense weightlifting
To avoid additives, try making your own peanut butter with this easy recipe and start incorporating this delicious food into your family's daily routine!
And don't forget the peanut butter cookies!
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