The Top 6 Mighty Health Benefits Of Peanut Butter (+ Recipes)

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A popular kitchen staple in cabinets and pantries around the US, and the world, peanut butter is an old-time favorite. In fact, about 90 per cent of American homes stock the tasty spread. But, did you ever ask yourself whether it could actually be healthy, not just a guilty pleasure? Or how best to buy it and use it? We take a look at the health benefits of peanut butter and uncover some nutritious recipes to try it in…

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Nutritional Information (1 Tablespoon of 100% ground peanuts)

Calories – 100

Total Fats – 8 grams

Cholesterol – 0mg

Sodium – 3 mg

Total Carbohydrate – 3 grams

Dietary Fiber – 1 gram

Sugars – 1 gram

Protein – 4 grams

Peanut butter

Choosing The Right Peanut Butter

You might have noticed in the above nutritional section, we wrote ‘100% ground peanuts’. The problem with most peanut butter brands is the additives – namely cheap processed vegetable oils, salt, and sometimes, sugar. So, the simple way to make sure you’re not incidentally consuming nasty additives is to buy 100% peanut butter. That simply means, check the ingredients section of the label, and it should just say, ‘peanuts’. Thankfully, it’s not very difficult to find 100% natural peanut butter these days. In some supermarkets and health food stores, you can even grind your own peanuts into a container and pay per gram. Or, if you feel like grinding your own at home, simply put your peanuts into a food processor and blend until smooth! Peanut butter is actually quite quick and easy to make, compared to some other nut butters like almond, which takes much longer to grind into a paste.

Health Benefits of Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is so much more than a delicious spread for toast. It is made from peanuts, a natural source of a number of important nutrients. As a result, it has a number of health benefits. And here they are…

Peanut Butter Has A Good Dose Of Fiber

Peanut butter is a decent source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. It’s a nutrient that many Americans and other Westerners don’t get enough of. One tablespoon of peanut butter contains about 1 gram of fiber, 0.3 grams of which is soluble. The remaining 0.7 grams, therefore, is insoluble fiber. That moves through the digestive system almost completely unchanged, which reduces the risk of hemorrhoids and constipation.

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Both soluble and insoluble fibers are good for you. They help regulate blood sugar levels, minimizing the likelihood of sugar crashes and cravings. However, before you rely on that little bit of peanut butter you might pop in your breakfast smoothie each morning to give you your daily dose of fiber, it’s important to make yourself aware of how much you actually need each day. A tablespoon of peanut butter gives you about 1 gram of fiber, but you actually need 21 to 38 grams per day. Your main dose of fiber will come from the fruits and vegetables you consume throughout the day, and it come in significant doses in foods like beans. But, every little ounce of fiber you consume is beneficial, and getting fiber in each meal so that your body digests that meal in a healthy way is important. So, don’t turn your nose up at the bit of fiber you do get from peanut butter either… It all adds up!

Eating peanut butter

Peanut Butter Is Good For Your Heart

Peanuts contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, which are often called ‘good fats’. They can help reduce bad cholesterol levels in the blood, and lower your risk of heart disease or stroke. Healthy fats provide nutrients that help develop and maintain the body’s cells. They also help your body absorb certain vitamins.

Peanut Butter Is A Good Source Of Protein

Peanut butter gives you a good dose of protein, providing four grams of the essential nutrient in one tablespoon. Protein is an extremely important nutrient that the body needs every day. It is then used by the body for strength and muscle building, and can aid with weight loss, especially when eaten with fiber. Because peanut butter provides fiber, as mentioned above, this is a great combo food! Protein and fiber fill you up and keep you fuller for longer, reducing the risk of sugar crashes and cravings.

Healthy peanut butter

Peanut Butter Can Aid Weight Loss

We’ve touched on this above – the combination of healthy fats, protein and fiber can keep you fuller for longer, reduce cravings and sugar crashes, therefore aiding weight loss. That’s because you can reduce your calorie intake by eating smart, filling foods, like peanut butter, reducing your overall refined carbohydrate and sugar intake throughout the day. Because peanuts contain more protein than most other nuts and are high in healthy fats, they are one of the best nuts to snack on to keep you full. But, in order to reap the weight loss benefits of peanuts or peanut butter in your diet, you need to use it to reduce your overall calorie intake, otherwise you’re just adding more fat and protein into your diet!

Natural peanut butter

Peanut Butter Provides Vitamin E

Some other nut butters, like almond, provide much more vitamin E than peanut butter. But, having said that, peanut butter still gives you a decent dose! The fat-soluble vitamin occurs naturally in foods, including nuts, seeds and leafy greens. It is best known for its powerful antioxidant properties, which are great for overall health, but is particularly well-known for its benefits to the skin. That’s because it helps protect cells from free radical molecules. It is also important for immune health, and, because of its protection at a cellular level, it may also reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer development in the body.

Peanut paste

Peanut Butter Provides Essential Minerals

Essential minerals are nutrients the body needs to function properly. However, the body cannot produce these nutrients itself, meaning you have to consume them through food or supplements. Essential minerals include calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, copper, phosphorus, selenium, manganese, sodium and fluoride. A tablespoon of peanut butter provides 0.5% of your daily recommended calcium intake, 1.5% of your iron and selenium intake, 6% of the magnesium you need, nearly 5% phosphorus, 3% potassium and zinc, 4% copper and 11% manganese. Calcium, magnesium and potassium are extremely important for bone health, development and strength.

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One Reply to “The Top 6 Mighty Health Benefits Of Peanut Butter (+ Recipes)”

  • Biplab Poddar

    Thanks fro sharing this. I am big time foodie i am definitely going to try yours. I am going to share some gluten free recipes every body should try.At the moment in Scotland strawberries are everywhere. They are cheap and plentiful and perfect for treats and desserts. Making these Easy Gluten Free Fresh Strawberry Crumb Bars was a no-brainer! At the moment strawberries are so sweet and juicy they make perfect dessert bars.Because of the natural sweetness of the strawberries this recipe has no refined sugar in it. I added a little honey to the base & topping to help bind the dry ingredients together. I also added a little honey to the fruit layer to give the bars an extra little floral sweet note. Honey and strawberries are perfect partners.
    These little bars make perfect afternoon pick-me-up’s. Or served as part of a more indulgent dessert, covered with fresh cream or a lovely vanilla ice cream would really take these little bars up a notch.Strawberries are so summery and these bars scream summer! But there is nothing stopping you from enjoying these easy gluten free fresh strawberry crumb bars all year round. Because in the winter months you can use frozen strawberries and enjoy the taste of summer while curled up in front of the fire.Which sounds good to me. Its strange, when its Spring and Summer I dream of Autumn and Winter flavours but when its Autumn and Winter I dream of Spring and Summer flavours. I have been known to spend a small fortune on fresh imported strawberries in the height of Winter. Hallelujah I saw sense and now buy frozen fruit when it is out of season….. so much cheaper. Which basically means these bars can be enjoyed year round!
    Gluten Free
    Everything in these bars is gluten free, but one thing you need to keep an eye on is the oats. Even though I am not gluten intolerant I almost always buy certified gluten free oats. Not all oats are equal!!! If gluten is an issue for you, you will be well versed in this. But if you are not and want to make these for a friend / family member who does have issues with gluten, then please check your oats and if in doubt pop to the store and buy certified gluten free oats. So everyone can enjoy these easy gluten free fresh strawberry crumb bars.

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