If you’re nuts for nuts, then today’s your day!
January 24th is National Peanut Butter Day. While it may seem a little silly to have a day devoted to the creamy, crunchy stuff, peanut butter is a staple in American households. In fact, Americans eat three pounds of peanut butter per person every year; that’s about 700 million pounds in total!
On top of being the perfect companion to jelly, organic and all-natural peanut butters also offer a ton of health benefits.
Here are five big reasons to celebrate peanut butter on its special day—and all year long:
1.) It Might Help You Lose Weight
While peanut butter is pretty caloric, ringing in around 180 to 200 calories per serving, it can also be a dieter’s best friend. For one thing, taking a small scoop every now and then is just the sort of sweet, salty indulgence that can fight cravings and help keep healthy eaters on track.
Even better, peanut butter is positively packed with protein (8 grams per serving) and fiber (2 grams per serving), which can leave you feeling fuller for longer, allowing you to eat less overall.
2.) It’s Full of Good Fats
Fun fact time! Did you know that peanuts aren’t actually nuts? Those little brown goodies are actually legumes, putting them in the same family as beans, peas, and lentils.
But in addition to looking like nuts, peanuts act like nuts when it comes to nutrition. Most importantly, this means that they’re loaded with healthful fats.
Specifically, peanuts are bursting at the seams with monounsaturated fats, which have been linked to a lowered risk of heart disease, improved insulin levels and blood sugar control, improved cholesterol levels, and weight loss.
3.) It Can Lower Your Risk for Developing Diabetes
According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, consuming one ounce of nuts or two tablespoons of peanut butter at least five days a week can lower the risk of developing diabetes by almost 30 percent. Snacking on peanut butter can also help reduce your risk of developing other chronic health conditions, including heart disease.
4.) It Can Help You Relax
Can feasting on peanut butter help you reach a state of bliss? Maybe not, but it has been shown to help fight the effects of stress.
5.) It’s Full of Nutritious Vitamins, Minerals, and Antioxidants
You’d be astonished how much good stuff is stirred into every scoop of peanut butter. In addition to the healthy fats, protein, and fiber that we’ve already mentioned, peanut butter is a great source of:
- Vitamin E, an antioxidant connected to a healthy immune system, and to healthy skin and eyes
- Magnesium, which can help you strengthen your bones
- Potassium, a must-have for your muscles and nerves
- Vitamin B6, which helps regulate your body’s immune system
And now the Enrollment Specialists would like to know: What’s your favorite way to eat peanut butter? Do you whip up peanut butter cookies by the dozen or do you prefer to smear it on slices of apples or dried dates? And are you a smooth or crunchy fan? Let us know in the comments!