Eat Peanut Butter!
THE AMERICAN DIET has serious shortcomings, say the experts; it doesnít have enough if vitamins A, E and C. calcium, magnesium, potassium and fiber. The happy news: One serving of peanuts or peanut butter fills this gap. And peanuts have a host of other health benefits:
. The level of anti-oxidant in peanuts rivals that of berries and other fruits.
Peanuts are a good source of beta-sitosterol (SIT), a compound that has been found to lower blood cholesterol. Eating peanuts also appears to decrease levels of triglycerides, fats in the blood that can raise your risk of heart disease.
Dieters who were encouraged to include peanuts (and peanut butter) in their moderate-fat weight-loss programs tended to stay on their diets longer and keep the weight off longer.
Another study, involving mice, found that resveratrol, a natural compound in peanuts (itís also in grapes), can prevent some of the adverse effects of a high-fat diet and prolong life.
Eating peanut butter five times a week has been linked to an almost 30 percent reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Prostate, colon and breast cancers
Beta-sitosterol, in addition to being heart-healthy, may inhibit tumor growth.
Back to Weight Loss Facts