First of all, let’s clarify what peanuts are;
Peanuts are an inexpensive legume and an amazing source of protein and fibre. That’s right, protein! Now you see, peanuts are a little different to other legumes. Instead of storing starch, they store fats and are therefore more like a nut than a bean.
Some people claim that peanuts are the world’s healthiest food. Due to the high protein and fibre content, peanuts are one of those snacks that keep you feeling full and energized for longer.
I’m a massive fan of peanut butter. In my mind it goes well on most things – toast, apples, crackers.. You name it.
Unfortunately, not all peanut butters are created equally. Have you ever had a look at the ingredients list on the back of the jar? Most people probably haven’t. If you do though, you’ll see that a lot of the common peanut butter brands add a lot of things to the butter.
The list can be long;
- Icing sugar
- Vegetable oil
- Rapeseed oil
- Palm oil
- Soybean oil
- *Most of the oils are often hydrogenated, also known as trans fatty acids. The trans fatty acids will raise your LDL or “bad” cholesterol.
A little scary, right?! Do you know what needs to go into peanut butter? That’s right, you guessed it. Peanuts. Roasted peanuts. That’s it. There’s absolutely no need for all the other stuff! Peanuts are rich in the good fats – the kind of fats that are good for the heart and can help reduce heart disease!
Do yourself a favour next time you go shopping, and check the list of ingredients. Make sure that you stick with the ones that only contains the truly powerful and nutritious benefits of the peanut!
If you are used to peanut butters with added sugar, you will probably be shocked when you switch to plain and natural peanut butter. The taste is quite different. However, very quickly you’ll find that you begin to prefer peanut butter without anything added. It simply tastes better!