Is Peanut Butter a Healthy Food Option!

 

 

Is Peanut Butter a Healthy Food Option!

 

 

Peanut butter is one of the most regularly used bread spread while at the breakfast table. While most of us think it is filled with health benefits, do we really know how the bread spread does do to our health in real? Did you know that a lot of people who are calorie conscious do not opt for having peanut butter. Just for the fact that its high calorie content. A mere two tablespoons contains 200 calories, which, depending on your daily intake, could make up as much as 10 percent of your daily calorie allotment. A few heaping spoonfuls throughout the day, and you may quickly find yourself at half of your daily calorie intake. So how exactly does it promote a flat belly, and what else does peanut butter do to your body?


Experts say Nuts have a healthy fat profile  including mono and polyunsaturated fats are rich in antioxidants, contain nutrients like potassium that help maintain a healthy blood pressure, are rich in fiber, and contain heart-healthy plant phytosterols. As far as weight loss goes, it may seem counterproductive to eat fats to lose fat, but peanut butter certainly proves that certain fats can help you ward off excess weight. Peanuts and peanut butter offer healthy levels of zinc. people who eat a diet rich in foods like avocado, olive oils, and peanut butter are more likely to not only lose weight, but also keep the weight off for longer than those who follow a low-fat diet.

 

Peanut butter's saturated-fat content is a concern for some people. Saturated fat was once deemed the demon of heart disease and was portrayed as evil by the fat-loss community. The truth is that saturated fat is not the root of all evil. In fact, it's actually beneficial to the production of crucial hormones and vitamins such as vitamin D. Eating peanut butter may help reduce risk of developing diabetes too. The protein, fiber and healthy fat in peanut butter can give you that kick you need to start the day on an active note and also to give you that much needed boost through the mid day. A study also found that those getting the most niacin from foods were 70 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. Peanuts are one of the foods highest in niacin.

 

Peanut butter has higher antioxidant levels than apples, carrots, or beets, and is more on par with the levels found in blackberries and strawberries. Peanut butter contains high amounts of healthy fats, vitamins and minerals, and a decent amount of protein. Ideally, use an organic brand which contains just peanuts and salt. This kind is full of peanut flavor and doesn’t contain additives and is better for the environment too. Refrigerate it and turn it upside down in the fridge so the peanut oils and solids can re-mix. Peanut butter with no hydrogenated fats and no sugar is the best.


..Divya