The holiday season is officially here, and along with Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas, we have another holiday to celebrate this November:
National Peanut Butter Lovers Month
This post was written by Nutritioulicious contributor Tiana Yom, MPH, CHES
Nuts are known as a great source of protein and antioxidants, and nut butter is too. According to the National Peanut Board, peanuts have more protein, folate, niacin, and phytosterols than any other nut. And both peanuts and peanut butter contain over 30 essential nutrients and phytonutrients.
Despite its high calorie content – 2 tablespoons have around 200 calories – peanut butter is a good food to include in your diet, whether you’re trying to lose or maintain weight, eat healthier for your heart, or maintain blood sugar levels.
In fact, according to a study published in the Journal of American Medical Association, consuming one ounce of nuts or about 2 tablespoons of peanut butter at least five days a week was shown to lower the risk of developing diabetes by almost 30 percent. The combination of fiber, protein, and unsaturated fats found in peanut butter makes it filling and satiating, plus it slows the rise in blood sugar. It’s just important to remember that a little goes a long way!
Check out Jessica’s archived post “Peanut Butter Lovers Rejoice” for more nutritional info about peanut butter and some Nutritioulicious ways to enjoy it. And check out our recipe roundup of some of our favorite healthier peanut butter recipes around the web.
How do you enjoy peanut butter?