Peanut Butter

Research shows that eating peanuts can decrease your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions. One study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that consuming 2 tablespoons at least 5 days a week can lower the risk of developing diabetes by almost 30%.

Peanut butter is chock-full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. A recent study found that adults who ate a diet high in monounsaturated fats had less belly fat.

High in protein - as a protein-rich food, when you eat peanut butter you feel fuller for longer. Additionally the protein is also good for building and repairing muscles. 

Healthy fat, heart health - some of the benefits of peanut butter come from the food's healthy fat content. Peanut butter contains unsaturated fats, nutrients that lower the levels of harmful cholesterol in your bloodstream, helping to reduce your risk of heart disease. Researches at Harvard Medical School have supported the fact that eating peanut butter can actually improve your heart health.

Rich in antioxidants - not only do peanuts contain oleic acid, the healthful fat found in olive oil, but new research shows these tasty legumes are also as rich in antioxidants as many fruits. Roasted peanuts rival the antioxidant content of blackberries and strawberries, and are far richer in antioxidants than apples, carrots or beets.

Manganese - peanut butter provides a source of manganese, an essential mineral. Manganese helps activate enzymes involved in removing toxic ammonia from your body, breaking down nutrients from your diet, tissue growth, and protecting your cells from physiological stress.

Niacin - eating peanut butter also benefits your health due to the food's niacin, or vitamin B-3, content. Like manganese, vitamin B-3 supports your metabolism -- it helps carry out chemical reactions involved in the breakdown of nutrients into useable energy.

Resveratrol - resveratrol is a potent antioxidant that is so effective at warding off many diseases associated with aging, it is often referred to as a modern day“fountain of youth” that can extend lifespan.Resveratrol is typically associated with grapes and red wine, and was believed to be the reason for the tendency for French people to have great cardiovascular health and weight management. Many people don't know that peanut butter is one of very few foods that contain resveratrol.

Potassium - most of us have way too much sodium in our diets and sodium can wreak havoc on your cardiovascular system. Peanut butter acts as an excellent source of potassium, and potassium can go a long way towards countering the dangers of sodium.

Fiber rich - adequate consumption of fiber is important for the healthy functioning of your body. In addition to its high protein content, peanut butter can help you feel fuller and more satisfied for longer.