More Reasons To Eat Peanut Butter

Today things might get a little sticky…but that’s only because we’re talking about peanut butter. That delicious spread which makes up one half of the perfect pairing knows as the PB and J. If you’re allergic to peanuts, then you probably won’t like this video because we’re talking about all the health benefits of peanut butter. Is it really good for you? Can I eat too much peanut butter? Can it help you lose weight? We’re talking all that and more! Just before we get into the good stuff, when we say peanut butter, we’re talking about organic, basically non processed PB. Often you’ll find commercial brands have added sugar and oils that helps prevent separation and can make them pretty unhealthy. Always read the label, the only thing that should be in your peanut butter is, well..peanuts!

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#1 It’s A Popular Source Of Protein

You’ve heard us talk about protein before on this channel but basically you need protein for virtually every body part and tissue in your body. It’s a key part of any diet and peanuts are just one of the many plant based sources. Because peanut butter is about 25% protein it can help keep you full for longer, it’s rich in vitamins and minerals and is also a good source of dietary fibre. You should try and get your protein from as many different sources as possible to make sure you’re getting all the different combinations of amino acids and essential amino acids (which are the ones that come from food) your body needs. This is especially important if you’re a vegetarian. You can also get plant based protein from other legumes, whole grains, and many vegetables like corn, brussels sprouts and broccoli. If you’re trying to be more environmentally conscious, as we all should be, you can get most of your protein from plants, fish or poultry and limit red meat and cheese as the impact on the planet is pretty staggering when it comes to red meat. The protein and fiber content in peanut butter can help keep you feeling full for a longer period of time so that must mean it can also…

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#2 Help With Weight Loss

Peanut butter can help you feel fuller for a long time, which is great when it comes to losing weight. In a 2018 study that compared diet and lifestyle data for over 370 thousand people it was found that eating peanuts (and other types of nuts) could reduce the risk of being overweight or obese. Another study gathered data on over 51 thousand women showed that those who were eating nuts twice a week gained slightly less weight than women who rarely ate nuts over an 8 year period. However, this is another scenario where moderation is key. One tablespoon of all natural peanut butter (just the nuts and nothing else) is about 90 calories and seven grams of fat. So it can add up quickly if you’re eating it straight from the jar. Here’s how it breaks down: The average woman needs around 2000 calories a day to maintain her weight, while the average man needs around 2500 per day. If you want to lose weight you have to eat less than that amount depending on your lifestyle. If you’re active, you can have more calories in a day, and if you have a habit of sitting all the time, then you’ll need even less. So having a few tablespoons of PB could really affect your calorie count quickly if you’re not active. Remember proper diet and exercise should be your go-to if you’re trying to lose weight in a healthy way.

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#3 A Good Choice For Those With Diabetes

Because Peanut butter (remember the kind with no added sugar, salt or oils) is a low carb food that has fiber, protein and a good amount of fat it won’t spike your glucose levels and can be a healthy choice for those with diabetes. Half of the fat in peanut butter is made up of oleic acid, which is a type of monounsaturated fat. Monounsaturated fat is a “healthy fat” because it can lower your bad (LDL) cholesterol. Oleic acid is great for the body and has many health benefits like improving your insulin sensitivity. Not to mention peanut butter also has lots of magnesium which is an essential nutrient for those with diabetes. Low magnesium has been linked to prediabetes and type two diabetes. Magnesium is also great for muscle recovery, your mental health and for building strong bones. We’ve still got a few great things to tell you about peanut butter but before we continue: Are you a diabetic? Why not check out our video on “13 Foods Diabetics Should Be Eating” Are you trying to lose some weight? Take a look at our video called “13 Best Breakfast Foods To Help You Lose Weight” Now, let’s get back to the health benefits of Peanut Butter!

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#4 Great for your Heart

Show your heart a little love and give it some peanut butter! Research shows that eating nuts has many health benefits and can reduce your risk of heart disease. Peanut butter is a good source of vitamin E which can be hard to get in a regular diet. Peanut butter is a lot like olive oil when you are talking about a balance of unsaturated fats to saturated fats, and olive oil is a heart healthy option, so that means peanut butter is too. A bag of mixed nuts can also be expensive but peanut butter is a cost effective way to improve your heart health. Other heart healthy foods in the same camp as peanut butter are olive oil, wheat germ and tofu.

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#5 Rich in Antioxidants

If you’re trying to eat a healthy diet you want to stick to whole unprocessed foods. That’s where peanut butter comes in. If you get the kind that is made up of just peanuts, you’re getting more than just the minimum vitamins and minerals, you’re getting all the other health benefits nature intended, like antioxidants. Antioxidants protect your body’s cells from damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals play a role in things like heart disease, cancer and other illnesses.

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#6 Peanut Butter Is Full of Great Stuff

We’re talking vitamins and minerals. When you eat whole foods that haven’t been processed, or minimally processed you’re keeping all the nutritious elements in tact. A 100g serving of peanut butter contains: 45% of your daily Vitamin E, 67% Of your vitamin B3, 73% Manganese, and 39% of your daily Magnesium. Not to mention there’s decent amounts of Copper, Folate, Iron, potassium, zinc and selenium.

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#7 Can Decrease the Risk of Breast Cancer

You can thank your parents if they started giving you peanut butter at a young age because one study shows that eating peanut butter can lower the risk of benign breast disease or BBD, which increases the risk of developing breast cancer later on. Eating peanut butter when your young can reduce the risk of developing BBD before the age of 30. It’s also believed that those who have a family history of breast cancer should eat peanut butter more often because it can lower the risk of developing it significantly.

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