Do you think of snacking on peanut butter during the month of November? November is known for commemorated national holidays including Veterans Day and Thanksgiving, but did you know it is also celebrated as National Peanut Butter Lovers Month?
Americans consume, on average, more than 1.5 billion pounds of peanut butter and peanut products each year, according to the National Peanut Board. Is peanut butter an integral part of a balanced diet?
“Over the years, numerous studies have shown that people who regularly include nuts or peanut butter in their diets are less likely to develop heart disease or type 2 diabetes than those who rarely eat nuts,” according to Walter Willett, M.D., professor of nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health. “Although it is possible that nut eaters are somehow different from, and healthier than, non-nutters, it is more likely that nuts themselves have a lot to do with these benefits.”
Peanut butter contains high levels of proteins and other essential nutrients that benefit overall health. According to the National Peanut Board, peanuts:
- Have more protein, niacin, folate and phytosterols than any nut
- Contain more than 30 essential nutrients and phytonutrients
- Are naturally cholesterol-free
- Are a good source of protein and B vitamins that help prevent “brain fatigue”
A 2-tablespoon serving of peanut butter contains 7 grams of protein. The body uses the amino acids found in protein to build and repair muscle tissue, according to LIVESTRONG.COM. Peanut butter also contains poly-and monounsaturated fats that help lower the “risk of developing heart disease by reducing the amount of harmful cholesterol in your bloodstream, and also prevent type 2 diabetes” according to LIVESTRONG.COM. Potassium and fiber can also be found in peanut butter, which help with nerve and heart function and digestive system regulation.
Although peanut butter contributes to a healthy diet, it should be consumed in moderation, as it acts as an energy-dense food and provides a high number of calories in a relatively small serving. When grocery shopping, purchase all-natural varieties of peanut butter that contain only peanuts.
Do you and your loved ones incorporate peanuts or peanut butter into your healthy diet? If not, consider buying all-natural peanut butter at your next grocery store visit, or spend some time with your senior parent making peanut butter from scratch. Listed below is a homemade peanut butter recipe provided by the Food Network. Spend some time with your loved one and create this protein-packed food!
- 15 ounces shelled and skinned roasted peanuts
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 ½ teaspoons honey
- 1 ½ tablespoons peanut oil
Place the peanuts, salt and honey into the bowl of a food processor. Process for 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Place the lid back on and continue to process while slowly drizzling in the oil and process until the mixture is smooth, 1 ½ to 2 minutes. Place the peanut butter in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.
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