Sunday, May 26, 2013
Why We Heart Peanut Butter... and You Should, Too!
Another thing -- peanut butter is actually rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated oils. In general, nuts have the properties to improve heart health. One ounce of nuts a day can lower your risk of heart disease. It helps to lower blood cholesterol levels and increase the amount of nutrients such as folate, fiber and magnesium. This childhood favorite also has zinc, which boosts the immune system. Peanut butter contains between 92 to 93 percent peanuts, leaving little room for other ingredients. But it's important to enjoy this tasty treat in moderation as it's chock full of calories. In fact, two tablespoons make up one serving for a total of 188 calories. While critics may be quick to point out that peanut butter is indeed a fatty food, it is not a source of unhealthy trans fats, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.