Learn How Peanut Butter Can Help Your Health and Slim You Down
You have to love it when a good-for-you food tastes good, too. That’s exactly the case with peanut butter (or any nut butter, for that matter). Peanut butter is loaded with so many healthy-promoting nutrients, including vitamin E, magnesium, iron, selenium and vitamin B6. Research shows that people who regularly eat nuts and nut butter, including peanut butter, are less likely to develop heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Plus, peanut butter is so versatile—what other food transitions seamlessly from breakfast to lunch to dinner to snack and dessert? Check out these tasty recipes to see just how easy it is to incorporate the healthy spread into your diet.
Breakfast: PB&J Waffles
Feel free to switch things up and use your favorite fruit to top this tasty dish.
Lunch: Open-Faced PB Banana Sandwich
You can use any nut butter to whip up this fast and easy lunch.
Snack: Apple & PB ‘Wiches
Enjoy this recipe as a snack or for breakfast!
Dinner: Peanut Butter Spaghetti
Even my kids love this dish!
Dessert: PB Banana Freeze Pop
I’m so proud of this creation—it has become one of my favorite treats!
If the taste alone isn’t enough to make you a fan, consider some of the health benefits. The creamy spread can help:
Satisfy appetite. PB’s combo of fiber (about 2 grams per tablespoon) and protein (around 4 grams per tablespoon) packs a powerful appetite-suppressing punch. A study in theBritish Journal of Nutrition found that people who ate peanuts or peanut butter for breakfast experienced a significant reduction in the desire to eat for up to 12 hours. It might be because peanut butter was associated with an increase in the production of PYY, a feel-full hormone, the researchers found.
Slim you down. Because peanut butter helps control appetite, it might not come as a surprise that it may help you slim down. Nut eaters tend to have a healthier body mass index (BMI) than nut skippers, according to research.
Protect your pumper. Peanuts are an excellent source of unsaturated fats, which helps lower bad cholesterol. Women who ate at least five servings of nuts per week (one serving was defined as 1 ounce of nuts or 1 tablespoon of peanut butter) had a 44 percent reduced risk of heart disease compared to women who rarely ate nuts, suggests a Harvard University Nurse’s Health study.
Give you gorgeous skin and hair. Peanuts contain biotin, a B vitamin necessary for long, luscious locks and overall scalp health. It also offers vitamin E, which nourishes the skin and protects it from the damaging UV rays.
Manage type 2 diabetes. Peanuts—and their buttery spread—are naturally low in carbs, so they can help prevent blood sugar spikes and they’re a perfect food for people with type 2 diabetes and can help prevent sugar spikes.
Of course, you can’t spoon your way through the whole jar (sorry!). Any peanut butter buff knows that the pick is high in calories (nearly 100 per tablespoon), so it’s best to limit yourself to a two-tablespoon serving size.
And not all PBs are created equal, so when you’re shopping, look for natural varieties made without added partially hydrogenated oils (trans fats) and other suspect ingredients.