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Researchers found that a diet that includes foods with high levels of monounsaturated fats like peanut butter can help people lose weight and prevent heart disease. But the fat in this diet was the good kind: “heart-healthy” monounsaturated fats, found in foods such as olives, nuts, avocados and peanut butter.

Peanut butter has protein as well as potassium – which lowers the risk of high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease. It also contains fiber for your bowel health, healthy fats, magnesium to fortify your bones and muscles, Vitamin E and antioxidants.

Peanut and other nut butters are rich in protein, which can help keep you feeling full in between healthy meals. Besides boasting a healthy dose of protein, peanut butter is extremely rich in monounsaturated fats, the healthy variety that can prevent heart disease and is less likely to be stored as body fat.

You can eat peanut butter all by itself, or add it to fruit, crackers or a smoothie. Peanut butter is a great healthy snack, but don’t eat too much, because it’s also high in calories. Two tablespoons of creamy peanut butter contain 188 calories, 8 grams of protein, 6 grams of carbs and 16 grams of fat.

Eight health benefits of peanut butter

  1. Suppresses hunger for weight loss
  2. Your heart loves peanuts
  3. Lowers colon cancer
  4. Helps protect against Alzheimer’s disease and memory impairment
  5. Prevent gallstones
  6. Full of healthy fat
  7. Lowers Type 2 Diabetes
  8. High in valuable nutrition

Best peanut putter to buy

Natural, old-fashioned organic peanut butter without hydrogenated fats and sugar is the best.  Choose peanut butter that contains only peanuts and salt. This kind is full of peanut flavour and doesn’t contain additives and is better for the environment too.