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8 Reasons to Eat Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is not just for kids. The protein and healthy oils in peanut butter make it an excellent food for everyone, with the exception of the one percent of the population that is highly allergic to peanuts. Peanut butter can help with weight loss, diabetes, and can even lower your chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Here are the top 8 reasons to enjoy peanut butter:

1.  Peanut Butter Suppresses Hunger For Weight Loss
Eating peanuts and peanut butter helps control hunger without leading to weight gain.

2. Peanuts are Heart-Healthy
Research has proven peanuts lower the risk of cardiovascular and coronary heart disease.

3. Peanut Butter Lowers the Risk of Colon Cancer
Studies show eating peanuts and peanut butter may reduce the risk of colon cancer in women.

4. It Helps Protect Against Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Loss
Research found people who consumed the most niacin from foods had a 70 percent reduction in their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Peanuts are extremely high in niacin.

5.  Peanut Butter Prevents Gallstones
Two research studies showed that individuals who eat five or more servings of nuts weekly have a 25 percent to 30 percent lower risk of getting gallstones compared to those who never or rarely ate nuts. Peanuts were considered nuts for these experiments, although they are technically legumes.

6. It is Full of Healthy Fat
Peanut butter is full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. Research found a diet high in monounsaturated fat is better for insulin-resistant people, as it creates less belly fat than a diet high in carbohydrates and saturated fat.

7. Peanut Butter Lowers Type 2 Diabetes
According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, peanuts lower the risk of diabetes.

8. It is High in Valuable Nutrition
Peanut butter is packed with protein and high in potassium. This mineral  lowers the risk of high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease. Peanut butter also contains fiber to support gut health, healthy fats, and magnesium to strengthen bones and muscles, Vitamin E and antioxidants.

Worldwide, peanuts sometimes contain a fungus called Aspergillus flavus that produces a carcinogen that is twenty times more toxic than DDT, called aflatoxin. However, peanuts grown in the United States are protected under regulations that control the level of toxins.  Most health experts suggest enjoying peanut butter in moderation.  Choose brands that contain only peanuts or peanuts and salt (such as Laura Scudder’s and Adams), and avoid brands with hydrogenated oils, sugar and other additives.