5 things you didn’t know about peanut butter
Delicious on toast and even better on bananas, peanut butter probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of health foods but peanuts are a surprisingly nutritious food.
How many of these 5 facts did you know?
1) Peanuts contain more antioxidants than most fruit
While they can’t compete with the likes of pomegranates and blueberries, peanuts can hold their own in the antioxidant stakes against fruit such as apples and strawberries. One of the main antioxidants that they contain, p-coumaric acid, increases when the nuts are roasted, making delicious peanut butter even better for you.
2) Peanuts prevent heart disease
Mono-unsaturated fats are thought to be the reason that the Mediterranean Diet is so protective of the heart and blood vessels, which is why the staple food olives are so highly regarded. But you don’t need to reply on olive oil for this benefit, the humble peanut is a valuable source of the same fats and has been shown in studies to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
3) Peanuts protect against colon cancer
Peanuts contain a nutrient called beta-sisterol which is associated with the prevention of cancer, and in particular colon cancer, the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia. Taiwanese research found that women who ate peanuts twice a week had 58% lowered risk of developing bowel cancer, and men, a 27% reduced risk.
4) Peanuts prevent weight gain
The days of worrying about the calorie and fat content of nuts are long gone, and research shows that eating people that eat them twice a week gain less weight than those who avoid them.
5) Peanuts aren’t even nuts Peanuts are actually classed as legumes, the same as chickpeas and lentils, and not true nuts at all. So the jury is in, peanut butter is officially a health food! But don’t be sucked in by brands that use sugar, salt or other nasties. Find yourself a brand that has peanuts as the only ingredient.
So, it’s official, peanut butter is a health food! But don’t get sucked in by brands that use sugar, salt or other nasties. Find a product that lists peanuts as its only ingredient.