By Shivani Kakhandki, Cora Health
It’s Peanut Butter time… Now, who doesn’t like talking about peanut butter eh? Peanut butter is like the food bomb of our life (in a good way, of course). Whether you’re in for a smooth or crunchy kind of vibe, it’s not just a great treat to our taste buds but also an incredibly versatile ingredient. Savoury or sweet, there exists quite a number of dishes that owe their yumminess to one and only peanut butter! It is popular and healthy among all of age groups. And yes, some people are allergic to peanuts and we recommend that you stay away from peanuts if you are allergic to them.
And for others, we can already tell that you’re visualizing some peanut butter being slathered on a fresh piece of toasted bread! So, before you go grab some peanut butter and start, we’re here to take you through everything that you should know about peanut butter. Stick with us till the end.
Few Reasons Why Peanut Butter Is So Healthy, Yet Popular
#Reason 1: Peanut Butter Belongs To The Super Food Clan
Peanuts are known to have a very rich nutritional profile — they are high in natural protein, essential minerals, healthy fat which makes them easily qualify for the super food title. If you buy pure peanut butter, it will contain only 20% of carbs which makes this versatile ingredient suitable for a low-carb diet. It is known to contain all kinds of vitamins along with copper, manganese, folate, magnesium, biotin, zinc, selenium, potassium, etc. It might come to you as a surprise that peanut butter is also very antioxidant-rich as it contains plenty of biologically active nutrients.
#Reason 2: Peanut Butter Is Armageddon Food
Peanut butter is one of those food products that cannot get spoiled easily. Most of the time, a peanut butter jar lives beyond its ‘best before’ stated period after it’s opened. This is exactly why we’re saying that this is the Armageddon-food of our time!
#Reason 3: Peanut Butter Is Bodybuilders Rejoice!
A majority of nutritionists and dietitians recommend peanut butter for a pre and post-workout supplement. There’s a reason for it to be a favourite among fitness enthusiasts. It can help all kinds of people to build their body right from those who look at building lean muscle to the ones who want bulky muscle or even lose weight. It also makes for a great post-run snack.
There is 8 g of protein, 2 g of dietary fiber, 208 mg of potassium, 24 micro milligrams of folate, 3 g of sugar, 188 cal, and half a gram of iron in every 2-tablespoon serving of peanut butter goodness.
#Reason 4: Peanut Butter Comes With Medicinal Properties
There is a substance called p-coumaric acid in peanut butter which helps offset the damage done to cells that are linked with cardiovascular diseases. Therefore, we can conclude that it is heart-healthy! Peanut butter is also packed with vitamin E, a cancer-fighting substance. Consuming peanut butter in moderate amounts reduces the risks of diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and other similar neurodegenerative diseases. The presence of calcium and iron in peanut butter also helps in promoting strong and healthy bones.
Eating Peanut Butter With A Twist
When it comes to soups, broccoli soup is regarded to be the healthiest of all. What if we told you we could increase the health quotient of the soup by adding peanut butter to it? Yes, blending peanut butter into your broccoli might sound a bit weird but it is going to give your soup a nutty and thick creaminess that will just knock you off.
Ooo And It’s Not Just For Hoomans!
It’s true, you are definitely lucky to have discovered something that is so delicious and beautiful like peanut butter. And it’s our duty to be polite and share this love of ours with a best friend (man’s best friend) — our dogs! It turns out that peanut butter is considered to be a very healthy snack for dogs as well and they too seem to be as obsessed with peanut butter as we humans are.
Time To Answer The Most Important Question
Smooth or crunchy? This question can be answered only if you are a true peanut butter lover. Because only a true peanut butter lover will know that if you’re putting it on a toast, then obviously crunchy is the best option. If you’re making desserts, then the smooth peanut butter is a better option. Now, if any of you disagree, you can feel free to let us know which one stands out best and which one rules the world. Honestly, to be clearer, we think the best way to eat peanut butter is to put it on a spoon and then straight into your mouth (chuckles).
Don’t hide you peanut butter love, spread it!