Peanut butter doesn’t need an introduction. This delicious spread is a rich source of healthy monounsaturated fats that have a positive impact on your overall health.
Additionally, peanut butter is a great source of fiber, antioxidants, and potassium. It reduces high blood pressure, bad LDL cholesterol levels, heart diseases, and the risk of type 2 diabetes.
A research study found that peanut butter also lowers the risk of premature death, and that of allergies by up to 80%.
We have compiled a list of interesting facts about peanut butter:
- Peanuts are a great source of energy and boost metabolism.
- Peanut butter supports weight loss by controlling your appetite.
- Adding peanut butter to your diet during pregnancy may promote immunological tolerance in your baby.
- High in beta-sitosterol, peanut butter boosts the production of serotonin in your body.
- It’s a rich source of vitamins E and K that detoxify your body, protect your eyesight and make bone healthy.
- Abundant in magnesium, it improves your muscle and nerve health.
- Additionally, its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help reducing anxiety and improve the functioning of brain function.
- The abundance of omega-3s in peanut butter helps reducing inflammation in your body.
However, you should avoid combining peanut butter with a high carbohydrate diet. Always consume peanut butter in moderate amounts, and combine it with healthy low-calorie options like apples, celery, etc.
Lastly, go for a trustworthy brand of peanut butter.
If you prefer to prepare it at home, then here’s a 5-min homemade peanut butter recipe:
- 2 cups dry roasted peanuts
- 1-2 tbsps of honey
Put the peanuts in a food processor, and run it for about 5 minutes. Process until the peanuts turn into a smooth and creamy liquid. Stir in the sugar or honey and the salt and mix again.
Preferably store it in a glass container at room temperature.
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