Peanut butter is a go-to breakfast option for most of us when we don’t have time to prepare a full-on meal. It saves time and tastes amazing! But, we often wonder if it has any health benefits or not. I’ve come to the conclusion that peanut butter can be used to benefit the body if consumed appropriately and in the right quantities.
Here are some of the health benefits of consuming peanut butter
Peanut Butter provides the following in perfect quantities that are necessary for the daily functioning of the body:
- Vitamin B-6
Peanut Butter also contributes to weight loss if consumed appropriately in terms of quantity and quality.
- The presence of fibers, protein content, and fat in the body gives it a feeling of fullness and hence prevents us from nibbling on unhealthy snacks throughout the day.
- This ensures that we only eat enough to fill our stomach and fulfill the nutritional requirements.
- Peanuts are also healthy in maintaining weight during pregnancy and avoid bloating.
Reduces heart complications
Peanut Butter contains ingredients that reduce the risks of heart diseases and strengthen the heart. Some of these ingredients are:
- Unsaturated fatty acids
- Vitamin E
However, since peanut butter is also pretty high in calories, consuming it in the right proportions is important.
It provides an energy boost to sustain throughout the day.
- Since your stomach already feels full, it will reduce your afternoon cravings.
- All the protein from the peanuts will ensure you’re fresh and have enough energy to function throughout the day.
- The fibers and fat content will also breakdown to produce energy and keep you active during the day!
It may help in stress reduction and avoid brain damage
- It’s no news to us that nuts are extremely beneficial to the brain.
- Consumption of peanut butter will ensure you stay fresh and healthy. It will leave enough space for you to exercise your brain. This will increase your retention power and reduce the stress levels in your brain.
- Fresh body, fresh mind.
It has antioxidant properties
- Peanut butter has antioxidant properties that prevent chronic diseases and health conditions.
- It keeps the body healthy and functioning optimally!
It may prevent allergies altogether
- Sounds a little weird considering a large number of people who have peanut allergies?
- Consuming peanut butter from an early stage is said to boost immunity and increase the body’s ability to fight off allergies.
- It ensures that the immunity remains less hypersensitive and is able to fight off the existing allergies and maybe avoid new ones from forming completely.
Helps in maintaining good skin
- Due to the presence of Vitamin E in peanut butter, the skin remains significantly healthy.
- This makes the skin hold some moisture and prevents it from scaling or forming dry, flaky patches.
- Due to its antioxidant properties, it also creates a subtle sunblock that enables the skin to stay protected in the sun.
Apart from these solid, sure shot benefits, peanut butter also has a few other benefits like:
- It reduces the chances of gallstones.
- It maintains the fluid balance in the body.
- It is an excellent vegan protein source.
- It can help in building muscles.
- Peanut butter is also a great source for preventing migraines
- Reduces the risks of colon and breast cancer.
- Helps in the prevention of type II diabetes.
And various other benefits.
However, as mentioned earlier, peanut butter is also high in calories. Hence, all these benefits can only be obtained if it’s consumed in the right, sufficient quantities.