Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter Peanut butter is one of America's favorite foods. It is a very nutritious and versatile snack to include in your nutritional plan. The essential is looking the right type of peanut butter and limiting the amount to smaller portions. Look the natural peanut butter that does not contain additional sugar. Read the ingredients list and make sure it only has peanuts and salt. Anything more than 2 or 3 ingredients and you know you have the wrong kind.

Benefits of Peanut Butter

Whole peanuts are a very essential human food. Peanuts are very high in protein (25 grams per 100gram serving) of good quality. They are a very fantastic source of energy, with 50 grams of fats and 16 grams of carbohydrates per 100 gram serving. About half their fat content is monounsaturated fats, about a third are polyunsaturated, and the remaining about fifth are saturated. Of the polyunsaturates, only a passing small amount is omega 3.

Peanuts are a very good source of niacin (B3), with a healthy 112 mg/100 gram serving. Niacin, also known as nicotinic acid, is the most effective medication for raising HDL "good" cholesterol, leading to increases of 20 percent to 35 percent.

Peanuts also provide vitamin E (8mg/100gms). Nuts normally, and peanuts in particular, are high in the bioflavonoid 'resveratrol'. This bioflavonoid is also found in red wine and is believed to help prevent the formation of arterial plaques. Peanuts have more resveratrol than grapes. Analyses using even small amounts of 'peanut products' to the diet have indicated a 14% reduction in the 'bad' LDL cholesterol. One ounce or one small handful of peanuts contains 2 big grams of fiber. This is 9% of the fiber you need each day!

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