Peanut butter is one of the best things out there. It's perfect for warming up and drizzling with ice cream, spreading toast in the morning, mixing in a delicious batch of brownies, or even eating straight from the jar per scoop. However, peanut butter (the natural, pure, not the processed type) also has many health benefits that some of us (including myself) never knew existed. Here are the six health benefits of peanut butter and Peanut Butter Cup Coffee that you didn't know about.
Lose weight with Peanut Butter
You might think I'm totally crazy about this one, but let me tell you, those fats are really good and healthy. Although your mother probably told you all those times that you shouldn't eat too much peanut butter because it is greasy and will make you feel bad, I say otherwise. Load on peanuts!
The high levels of monounsaturated fats found in peanut butter, along with exercise, have been shown to be really effective in helping you lose weight. Furthermore, it is scientifically proven that since peanut butter is quite tasty, it will stick to the diet because what you are eating is delicious and does not taste like typical food.
Peanut Butter Aids Your Glycemic Response
Certain foods, especially processed foods and starchy foods, cause an increase in blood sugar. Blood sugar that is unstable has been linked to obesity and diabetes. But peanut butter, despite its natural sweetness and delicious texture, has a low glycemic index.
Eating peanut butter is one way to consume fat as well as protein and fiber without sending your blood sugar levels to a tailspin.
A small 2018 study, Trusted Sources, showed that even eating one serving (two tablespoons) of peanut butter with one meal stabilized the glycemic effect of a meal that was otherwise high on the glycemic index.
Add good Fats in Your Food
Like avocados, although peanut butter is fatty, it is not the "bad" type of fat found in ice cream or ranch dressing. It is the type of fat your body needs to survive. Long story short, keep eating peanut butter.
Benefits against Alzheimer’s
Well, while peanut butter alone cannot prevent Alzheimer's disease, it can help people detect whether or not someone has the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. This "peanut butter test" conducted by the Cleveland Clinic in October 2015, asked people to smell peanut butter in different nostrils. If the peanut butter needed to be closer to the left nostril before the patient could smell it, then it was evident that they had the early stages of Alzheimer's disease.
Recipe for Peanut Butter Cup Coffee
Peanut butter gives coffee a delicious nutty flavor. The healthy fats of coconut oil and peanut butter make this coffee extremely creamy, just as you'll love it.
1 cup of hot (organic) black coffee
1 tablespoon of soft peanut butter (sugar-free)
1 teaspoon of coconut oil
3 tablespoons of plant-based milk (I generally use organic soy milk with vanilla flavor)
Maple syrup (honey or coconut sugar) to sweeten
Transfer all ingredients to a high speed blender. Mix for about 30 seconds and enjoy a good Peanut Butter Cup Coffee.