Jar of Peanut ButterPeanut butter over the last few years has had a bad rap, some people have actually died because of allergic reactions to the stuff. Sure some people have succumbed from this delicious peanut paste, but have you ever looked into the positive nutrients natural peanut butter has.

You will definitely think twice about spreading the average store bought peanut butter on a piece of toast, pancake or whatever else you choose to top with this creamy spread.

Store bough peanut butter is generally loaded with sugar, hydrogenated oil, and sodium along with preservatives which are things your body does not need. There are some natural peanut butter brands that are a little bit better,  but many still contain sugars to make them taste better.

If you have never had real homemade peanut butter you have been missing out on nature’s great gift. Homemade peanut butter is not hard to make, it is just a matter of mildly roasting some fresh peanuts on a cookie sheet in your oven and blending it up in an old blender or food processor.  Fresh made peanut butter is very good for you.

Natural peanut butter contains some good nutrients such as monounsaturated fats, protein, and resveratrol which is a strong antioxidant that offers protection to the cardiovascular system.  Other beneficial nutrients in Peanut butter include Vitamins B, E and arginine.

Natural Peanut butter ingredients 2 tablespoons

  • 1g Sugar
  • 6g Dietary Fiber
  • 0g sodium
  • 2g Saturated Fat
  • 16g Total fat
  • 8g Protein

Peanut butter is cholesterol free and can help reduce bad levels of LDL cholesterol, possibly lowering your levels of heart disease. Peanut butter also contains significant levels of magnesium and phosphorus which are key elements to a healthy diet.

Remember we are talking natural peanut butter, and yes for many the only alternative may be something you buy from your local grocery store. So when looking for close to natural peanut butter, make sure you read the labels carefully,  try to find one that contains no hydrogenated oils along with low levels of sugar and salt.

References

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peanutbutter

Peanut Butter What You Should Know