Peanut butter can be found in most every kitchen in the United States, and is slowly gaining fame in Brazil. This is a good thing, because peanut butter is a very healthy snack food. Many people don’t like the taste at first, but quickly become peanut butter fans, especially if they buy the creamy type being made now at many natural food stores in Brazil.
Peanut butter was invented at the end of the 1800s as a meat substitute, which makes sense since peanuts are full of proteins, with a much healthier fat composition than meat. Besides that it is both lactose and gluten free, and mixes well with other healthy foods such as banana and even granola.
Reasons to eat peanut butter
1) Full of protein
Peanut butter is basically ground peanuts, with some added peanut oil, a bit of salt and sugar. Two tablespoons of the finished product contains 7 grams of protein.
2) Full of healthy fats
About half of peanut butter by weight is fat, and about half of that fat is in the healthiest form, monosaturated. This type of fat (also found in olive oil) is excellent for your heart, blood vessels, and brain. If you buy ready-made peanut butter, make sure that no trans-fats (hydrogenated oils) were added in the manufacturing.
3) Good source of fiber
Two tablespoons contains 2 grams of fiber, which is not only good in many ways, but the fiber combined with the high protein content helps make you full. Studies have suggested that eating peanut butter can help with weight control.
4) Full of nutrients and antioxidants
Nuts (and legumes) are rich in antioxidants, and peanut butter is no exception. Besides, this snack is high in potassium and usually low in sodium, which is good for your cardiovascular system. It also has a high content of other nutrients such as manganese and B vitamins.
5) Good when you need quick energy
One serving of 2 tablespoons contains about 180 calories, so peanut butter is not considered a low calorie food. It is, however, a concentrated source of good quality calories that can boost you during the day between meals, or before- or after exercise. It is much better for your body than any junk food snack.
How to buy
Fortunately many natural food stores are making their own peanut butter, which is probably healthier and definitely less expensive than buying imported brands. You can also make it yourself in a blender, by mixing peanuts with a small amount of peanut oil and a bit of honey and a touch of salt if needed. Then, experiment with different ways to eat it, such as on a piece of whole wheat bread, and a small amount of jelly if you need a little sweetness. To makes the snack even healthier as well as a better energy boost, try it with a cup of green tea, which gives you even more antioxidants with a touch of caffeine for quick energy.
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