Peanut butter is such a staple in the modern American diet. With the exception of those with severe peanut allergies, most of us are happy to consume peanut butter in a variety of different meals and dishes, or sometimes even straight out of the jar. No matter how you prepare and consume peanut butter, it’s a great thing that you make it part of your diet, since peanut butter is loaded with nutritious ingredients and important benefits for your health. Here are four great reasons to keep eating peanut butter.
It’s A Great Source Of Protein
Perhaps one of the most well known reasons why peanut butter is so healthy is due to its high protein content. Most nuts on their own, contain high amounts of protein, but peanut butter is especially rich with this essential nutrient. Just two tablespoons of peanut butter provides you with seven grams of protein. Whether you spread two tablespoons of the stuff on whole grain bread in the morning for breakfast, or simply eat it on its own for a midday snack, you’ll be getting the benefit of strengthened muscles and more sustained levels of energy throughout the day.
It Will Help You Lose Weight
Even though peanut butter has fat and sodium, it has even higher amounts of protein and fiber, both of which are nutrients that promote weight loss in a variety of ways. First, both protein and fiber help you feel fuller for longer, so you don’t find yourself consuming empty calories in a sudden hunger craving. In general, this also means that you’ll be eating less throughout the day, since you’re getting exactly wheat your body needs to function properly, so you’ll begin to naturally shed off some of those pounds.
It’s A Source Of Good Fat
Yes, some fat is good for you. Not only that, it’s absolutely necessary for a healthy body. Since peanut butter contains more unsaturated fat than saturated fat, its seemingly high levels of fat are actually good for your body. It’s the same kind of fat content found in other healthy foods such as olive oil and avocados.
It’s Chock-Full Of Nutrients
We already know that peanut butter has healthy amounts of protein, fiber, and unsaturated fat. The list of benefits doesn’t end there, though. Peanut butter is also full of such essential nutrients as potassium, magnesium, vitamin E, and even some antioxidants. These nutrients serve to strengthen your muscles and bone density while boosting your immunity.
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