Thursday Thoughts: National Peanut Butter Day

Happy National Peanut Butter Day!!

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Now unless you have a peanut allergy (you poor soul) or just plain don’t like peanut butter, then this day is a great excuse to stick your finger in the peanut butter jar a few times throughout the day.

But I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone that just doesn’t like peanut butter. How can you not?

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Anyway, since it is my ‘nut-butter-of-choice’ by a long shot, I thought today would be a GREAT opportunity to preach the wonders of that creamy (or crunchy if you prefer) goodness, and dispel the myths of it being a ‘bad food’.

Here’s why I think you should eat peanut butter (if you are not allergic of course…):

1) It is filling – With 8g protein, 16g fat and 2g fiber, this combination does amazing things for satiety levels long after you’ve eaten. Snacking on an apple or crackers? Pair with peanut butter for a longer-lasting feeling of satisfaction.

2) Loaded with ‘good’ fats – Both poly- and mono- make an appearance here but monounsaturated fat is the star of the show. No doubt you’ve heard that olive oil is heart healthy, well that’s because of the monounsaturated fats. In moderation, these are good for your cholesterol levels.

3) Nutrient-dense – Along with having a trifecta of proteins, fats and carbs, peanut butter boasts levels of vitamins and minerals too. Manganese for your bones, vitamin E for cell protection (antioxidant) and tryptophan for your mood. Maybe that’s why it’s such a comfort food?

4) Versatile – Hot or cold, sweet or savory, peanut butter can fit into any meal or snack.

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Peanut butter can be a part of a healthy diet! When buying, it is best to check the ingredient list to make sure there are no added salts or sugars. ‘Natural’ on the label generally means no additives, but always check the back to be sure.

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What’s your favorite way to eat peanut butter?