Wednesday, 5 October 2016
Peanuts & Peanut butter has health benefits
Peanut butter healthy or not? Well, organic peanut butter (without sugar and hydrogenated fats) has lots of health benefits. So if you’re not allergic peanuts, eat it regularly to improve your health. But you should be careful if peanut butter makes you lose control. It’s loaded with calories and it can quickly cause weight gain if consumed large amounts. That said, here are 8 things that will happen to your body when you eat peanut butter.
1. Lower risk of type II diabetes
In a study conducted on women, those who ate peanut butter regularly had a 21 percent lower risk of type II diabetes.
2. Lower risk of cancer
This Taiwan study found that there was a 27 percent lower risk of colorectal cancer in individuals who ate peanuts, compared to those who didn’t.
3. Prevent gallstones
Eating more than 5 servings of nuts per week reduced risk of gallstones by 30 percent in these studies. No such results were experienced in people who didn’t eat nuts.
4. Better heart health
Peanut butter has high amounts of unsaturated fat which can benefit your heart. This study found that peanuts lowered risk of cardiovascular disease, while this study showed lower risk of coronary heart disease.
5. Keep hunger at bay
Peanuts and peanut butter increase satiety. So eating peanut butter will prevent overeating and enhance weight loss. Eat peanut butter with high-fiber foods for better weight loss benefits.
6. Prevent Alzheimer’s and memory loss
Peanuts have high amounts of niacin. And research shows that intake of niacin lowers risk of Alzheimer’s by 70 percent.
7. Energy boost
Peanut butter is a great source of energy because it’s rich in proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. It’ll help keep blood sugar balanced and prevent low energy.
This is obviously not an amazing benefit to your body. Peanut butter can cause inflammation due to high amounts of omega 6 fatty acids. And excessive consumption of omega 6s has been linked to higher risk of cardiovascular disease. So consume it moderately – 5 servings a week is safe.
9. Eliminate toxins
Peanut butter is rich in vitamin E which protects the body against toxins.
10. Be calmer
Peanut butter can actually reduce stress. It helps regulate cortisol levels.
By Twain Yobra