Celebrate National Peanut Butter Day!
January 24 is National Peanut Butter Day and since Americans already love it, there is no need to build a premise for why we should celebrate this day. Almost 90% of households in America consume peanut butter and if you take all the peanut butter that Americans consume per year, you could make more than 10 billion peanut butter and jelly sandwiches! Crazy, right?
Despite rumors, peanut butter actually has its own set of health benefits, which make it suitable to be celebrated on a day like this:
Yes, peanut butter has sodium (some, at least) and saturated fat, but that does not disqualify this creamy delight from your diet chart. Nutritionists claim that while one serving of peanut butter, which equals about two tablespoons, may contain 3.3gms of saturated fat, it also gives you 12.3gms of unsaturated fat. This ratio is similar to that found in olive oil, so, you do the math. However, try to opt for the all-natural rather than processed peanut butter.
Potassium is considered the ‘Good’ salt and while a high-sodium diet may lead to heart ailments, a diet high in potassium reduces your risk of heart disease and improves the health of your heart. According to a 2010 study, the benefit you derive by cutting out 4g of sodium from your diet is same as eating 4.7g of potassium in your diet. However, don’t just limit yourself to peanut butter, bananas also provide similar postassium benefits!
Prevents Weight Gain
Peanut butter is a rich food and being rich, it keeps you full for a longer period of time. If you snack on a peanut butter sandwich, instead of a rice cake or popcorn, chances are you will not feel hungry for quite some time.
For 30 cents a serving, peanut butter offers you a rich and affordable source of nutrition, which includes fiber, protein, potassium, unsaturated fat, folates, Vitamin E, magnesium and Resveratrol. What more do you need? Let's get celebrating!
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