I distinctly remember I got the first jar without much learning the important story on it, paid for my jar and happily headed home. There I placed my purchase on the lower fridge shelf….and somehow found it only after it expired. The problem was that I had other things to eat… and I did not really read any more articles in favor of this food.Therefore choosing between steak with French fries and peanut butter sandwich somehow the latter one was losing the competition.
Some time after I accidentally bumped into my college mate. The decision was taken quickly - organic milk cappuccino is all we need for the reunion. While sipping coffee and chatting I was being constantly mesmerized with the glow and thickness of her long magnificent health equipped hair. Well, she looked amazing in general… but being a hair freak ,lovely speaking, I was focused on that area. I politely questioned her on this particular issue and she gave me the earful of her beauty routine. But the phrase,being accompanied with laughter, “Most of all I’m in love with the peanut butter and it’s great effect on my mane”.
Here I remember my attempt to incorporate this food into my diet which completely flunked. But that hair, brilliantly compared to mane, made me think and think deeply.
I hope that I do not need to tell you that now peanut butter is on my table daily. Even though this butter is not the only thing that makes one healthy and sane but contributes a lot to overall great feeling and look.
Is that delicious? I think so
Peanut butter combines glorious taste and nutritious wealth. This spread can go with everything from vegetables to bread as well as from jelly to chocolate. Sometimes it gets accused of being “ a bad-fatty-weight-gain – food” but that is totally wrong ( although moderation is a key here too). On the contrary being rich in “good” monounsaturated it actually contributes to a weight loss. But this is only one of those major benefits I am going to level with you.
If it’s not packed with one of the most essential the beneficial nutrients then I do not know what is. “ Healthy” fat (50 g.) and pretty decent amount of Protein (25 g.) and Carbohydrates (20 g.) do miracles to overall wellbeing of your body. If the previous are capable of providing us with necessary energy fuel to survive throughout the day than the group B vitamins (B2,B1,B3,B5,B9,B6) will help you allocate that fuel to the cells…and in general cells are in love with this complex. Magnesium (179 mg), Calcium (54 mg), Potassium (649 mg),Phosphorous (649 mg) will definitely provide you with proper digestion, strong skeleton, healthy heart and friendly nervous system.
Hunger tamer for a decent period of time
“Good“ fat and protein are entrusted to keep you well-fed and safe from overeating as well as undereating. To know what amount is appropriate start with one tablespoon and then move on to two. Of course always rely on your overall feeling and common sense ☺
Diabetes risk is lower
Those two tablespoons of peanut butter per day , which were mentioned already, are scientifically proven to bring down the risk of getting diabetes.
Efficient energy booster
Fiber, protein and monounsaturated fat richly present in peanut butter are crucial to help you start the day with the feeling of “ready-to-deal-with-anything”. This combination will also refresh your energy deposit during the day. Stability of your blood sugar is also a win.
Weight loss potion
Great with no reduced fat and trans oils peanut butter is a friendly food for your body. It’s capable of triggering your metabolism as well as providing you with healthier calories to keep you full longer. Isn’t that something required for a slimmer you?
Glowing hair stylist
Group B vitamins, healthy fat and protein in abundance favor to your healthy, strong and glowing hair.
Healthy muscles and nerves builder
Peanut butter can brag about having decent deposit of magnesium. Why is it important? It’s well-known fact that this mineral is responsible for maintaining body –temperature on proper levels, detoxification, energy boost, strong skeleton, and well-being nervous system.
Monounsaturated fats present in peanut butter perform guarding function of brain and its proper work. As well as it can help reduce stress. Beta-sitosterol is known to “calm” the cortisol behavior and by fortunate coincidence it’s found in peanut butter also.
Some things to be aware of:
- Choosing the peanut butter make sure that it is composed only of peanuts. Other ingredients added ( especially trans oils) can harm your overall well-being.
- Peanut butters that are low in fat usually have a decent amount of sugar added to it. I’m not trying to make a sugar complete enemy but the one that added instead of fat is the one that we actually have to avoid.
- Hydrogenated oils added to the butter for more consistent structure are dangerous for the cellular membranes.
- Go for trusted brands in order to avoid chemicals generously added by farmers and protect yourself from mold and fungi which peanuts are sometimes susceptible to. ( Some organic stores will come in handy here)
- Omega-6 fats are spotted in peanut butter and they can be the trigger for inflammatory stuff going on . So be sure to balance peanut butter intake with some foods rich in omega-3 fats.