Everything you need to know about Peanut Butter

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI don’t know about you but I’ve always thought peanut butter was a kind of treat food, I associated it with the likes of chocolate spreads and I’ve only ever eaten it in Reese’s Pieces, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or Peanut Butter M&Ms (can you see a trend here…) and I’ve never dreamed of trying a peanut butter and ‘jelly’ sandwich. However I’ve recently learned that peanut butter can be good for you, and I’ll tell you exactly why.

Of course big processed brands of peanut butter aren’t especially good for you because they have a lot of added ingredients, but we have a great range of organic peanut butters that are made with just peanuts, keeping additives to an absolute minimum or none at all!

Nutrition
Now, it’s true that peanut butter contains fat, but there is such a thing as good fat – exactly the type in peanut butter. It’s full of unsaturated fats and has a high level of monounsaturated fat, and according to a recent study insulin-resistant adults who ate a diet that is high in these kinds of fats had less belly fat than those who ate higher levels of carbohydrates or saturated fats. High quality whole food peanut butters are packed full of essential nutrients such as Vitamin E which is a powerful antioxidant, Vitamin B6 which is good for your immune system, and potassium, and every 2 tablespoons of peanut butter contains 7g of protein making it a good morning snack choice.

Health
Because of the nutrients found in peanut butter, it helps reduce the risk of various chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. What’s more, a study was done by the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Harvard Medical School which showed that girls between 9 and 15 who regularly ate peanut butter were 39 percent led likely to develop benign breast disease by 30. Now I’m not saying that only eating peanut butter will reduce these risks, just that it will help to reduce the risks as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Weight loss
While peanut butter is not a low calorie food, it can actually help with weight loss because it has 2g of fibre and 8g of protein per serving, keeping you fuller for longer, plus it has a sugary taste that can keep cravings at bay! Research from Harvard and Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that people eating moderate-fat items – like peanut butter – were generally able to stay on a diet longer and keep weight off for a longer period of time than those who ate a low fat diet, now isn’t that good news for the new year!

Not only is Peanut Butter gluten free, most brands are suitable for vegans – perfect if you’re participating in Veganuary!

Edit:
After a conversation with one of our customers who is sadly allergic to nuts, we thought adding some handy alternatives would be of use. Wowbutter‘s clever soy alternatives (available in both smooth and crunchy!) are made in a facility free of all tree nuts, and Meridian have a couple of delicious savoury spreads – their sunflower seed butter and Pumpkin Seed Butter are both favourites of ours!

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