Natural Peanut Butter…

Did you know that in the United States, peanut butter must contain a minimum of 90% peanuts? The ingredients list on the back of a jar of “natural” peanut butter should contain only peanuts and salt, at the most. If it contains any other ingredients such as palm oil, sugar, hydrogenated oils, etc. this is not considered “natural” and will contribute to a severe insulin spike. It’s true you do have to stir the oil back in the peanut butter upon opening. This is a small price to pay for the abundance of health benefits contained in a single jar of PB. Peanut butter is packed with monounsaturated fat – healthy fats. These fats have been shown to aid in fatty acid oxidation in the blood (fat loss). Don’t forget that fat takes quite a while to empty from the stomach. This creates a feeling of fullness for a longer period of time. Peanut butter also provides protection against cardiovascular disease, contains protein, Vitamins B3 and E, magnesium, folate, dietary fiber, and arginine. Be careful not to overindulge. Because of the high fat content of peanut butter it is a high calorie food. There are 14 grams of fat in a tablespoon of natural peanut butter. Multiply that by 9 (because 1 gr of fat contains 9 calories) and that PB & J sandwich can easily go from a healthy snack to a fattening one.

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