Why should I eat Peanut butter ?
I love it, in fact would go some way to admitting a slight addiction!
But why is it good for you and are there ones you should totally avoid?
Read on to find out.
Peanut butter is loaded with many health promoting nutrients, including vitamin E,magnesium, selenium, iron and vitamin B6.
It is also very versatile – can be eaten alone or mixed into recipes.
Here are some of the health benefits;
1. Satisfy your appetite – Peanut butter contains fibre (around 2g per tablespoon) and is also a good protein source ( around 4 g per tablespoon) . Both of these are very good at curbing appetite.
2. Protect your heart – peanuts are an excellent source of unsaturated fats, which helps lower bad cholesterol. A Harvard university study suggests that women who ate at least 5 servings (1 tablespoon of peanut butter =1 serving) had a 44 %reduced risk of heart disease.
3. Improve skin and hair health – peanuts contain biotin, a B vitamin for healthy hair, and vitamin E to nourish the skin.
4. Help manage type 2 diabetes – peanuts are naturally low in carbs so helping unwanted blood sugar spikes. They are a quick and easy low- carb snack for diabetics.
That said, peanut butter is calorific so it’s unadvisable to eat your way through a whole jar!!
A tablespoon serving contains roughly 109 kcal, 8g fat and 4g protein.
Finally, not all peanut butters are created equal. The sunpat varieties are NOT recommended. Instead look for natural varieties made without added sugar, trans fats and my personal opinion without palm oil.
My personal favourite is the pip and nut butter. They do some yummy flavours and varieties – and in portion size squeeze packs too.