Wellness for the Family: National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month

It is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month and that means we are celebrating in a healthy way with registered dietitian Grace Derocha.

In Wellness for the Family, she is giving you the nitty gritty on nut butters and how you can choose the healthiest snack possible.

The average American eats three pounds of peanut butter yearly, but it’s important to know what is in this tasty snack.

We went through the following nut butters:

  • Cashew Butter
  • Peanut Butter
  • Sunflower Butter
  • Nutella
  • Almond Butter
  • Flavored Nut Butters

Here is Grace’s list of the health benefits of nut butters:

  • Many nut butters are high in protein, which helps your body build and repair tissues. It also will keep you full, which will keep you from overconsuming calories for the day.
  • Nut butters are a good source of healthy fat (mono-saturated fats), which can promote weight loss, reduce risk of heart disease and decrease inflammation.
  • Nuts are a great source of fiber, which helps regulate digestive health, lower cholesterol and control blood sugar levels.
    • Healthy adults should aim to consume 20 to 35 grams of fiber a day, but the average adult only consumes 14 grams.
  • Nuts provide vitamins and minerals such as vitamin E, vitamin B3 and magnesium.
  • Nut butters are a good source of phytochemicals, which can stimulate immune system, regulate hormones, slow growth rate of cancer cells and assist in DNA repair.

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