Nutritional benefits of peanut butter: protein and healthy fats

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Let’s find out together all the healthy nutritional benefits of peanut butter

A popular creamy spread used for sandwiches and snacks, peanut butter is a favorite of many around the world. Often thought to be unhealthy due to its hearty, filling nature and its frequent use as an ingredient in desserts, peanut butter is actually rich in nutrients.

Nutritional benefits of peanut butter

Nutritional benefits of peanut butter are surprising and relatively little know

Nutritional benefits of peanut butter

When eaten in moderate amounts, peanut butter is good for your body.  A serving of peanut butter contains fiber, potassium, Vitamin B6, antioxidants, and magnesium. There are many types of peanut butter on the market, but the healthiest is the all-natural kind without added sugar.

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Peanut butter is a good source of protein, which helps to build and repair muscles. Around 7 grams of protein are contained a 2-tablespoon serving. A great idea for breakfast or a midday snack is a peanut butter and banana sandwich on whole-wheat bread. In addition to the nutritional benefits of peanut butter, 1 cup of sliced bananas contains 0 grams of fat, and adds iron, Vitamins C and A, and 537 milligrams of potassium to your sandwich.

An alternative is to blend 1 tablespoon of all-natural peanut butter with 1 banana and 10 ounces of soy or skim milk to make a yummy and filling smoothie.

Peanut butter and banana sandwich - a protein and potassium rich breakfast or snack!

Peanut butter and banana sandwich – a protein and potassium rich breakfast or snack!

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Although it has a high calorie content and is rich in fats, peanut butter is perfect breakfast food because it gives you energy to start the day or a workout. Most of its fats are essential unsaturated “healthy” fats, comparable to those found in olive oil and avocados. These unsaturated fats actually help lower cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease.

Other than a very small percentage of people are very allergic to peanuts, eating peanut butter in moderation can be good for your health and diet.

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