As a kid, my favorite lunch was a peanut butter sandwich with the crusts cut off and a glass of chocolate milk. As a grown-up, not much has changed. I put peanut butter on everything! I use it instead of syrup on my favorite protein pancakes and waffles, I throw it in all my smoothies and acai bowls, I spread it on apple slices for a snack and, if I’m being honest, I sometimes eat it straight from the jar.
Fortunately, peanut butter addiction isn’t a bad thing. In fact it turns out that jelly’s bestie has a number of health benefits. For starters, although it is high in fat (16 grams per 2 tablespoons of Justin’s brand—my personal pick) it’s the good kind of fat—namely, monounsaturated, which has been linked to lowering cholesterol and risk of heart disease. Plus, it’s a good source of protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and Resveratrol, which has been shown to have strong anti-cancer properties. Finally, it just tastes good, and it keeps you feeling fuller longer, which can result in fewer calories consumed throughout the day—great if you are trying to lose weight.
Peanut butter is high in calories, so moderation is key. One serving size (usually 2 tablespoons) is plenty to get the health benefits. And, it’s important to choose brands that are natural as they are lower in sugar and carbs than the reduced fat varieties.
In honor of National Peanut Butter Day, we found some fun facts about our favorite nutty spread. Enjoy!
· It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-oz jar of peanut butter.
· By the time they are out of high school, most kids will have eaten about 1,500 peanut butter sandwiches.
· Three pounds of peanut butter are consumed per person per year.
· Women and children prefer the creamy texture while men like it chunky.