Let us talk about peanut first. Peanut actually is a legumes not a nut contrary to its name. When it comes to health benefits peanut butter is considered a healthy food. However obese people should avoid consuming large amount of peanut butter because majority of its calories comes from fats. Just use the one that is raw peanut butter (less refined) it is better than refined. It retains many beneficial nutrients found in skin. The total calorie content in 100 grams of peanut butter is 589 Cal. Placing it among most caloric foods in the typical American kitchen. However most of peanut butter fats contained is monounsaturated. These kind of fats have been shown to improve the cholesterol profile by lowering LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol). Peanut butter containing polyunsaturated fats help raising the HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) the synergistic effect makes this spread a very good cholesterol regulator.
In a study involving 22 subjects, high monounsaturated diet that emphasized peanuts and peanut butter decrease the risk of cardiovascular diseases by 21% compared to the average American diet. Want to know more information about peanut butter's benefit please read here.
Unfortunately Salmonella strikes again but this time you can get from peanut butter. Yes how sad is that? In American culture peanut butter and jelly sandwich is popular. Even peanut butter crackers or just eating the plain peanut butter itself. My husband is one of those people that consumed peanut butter everyday. Now that they recalled peanut butter due to salmonella what can you do but to stop eating it for a while. There are a lot of news talked about the peanut butter and all the products that has peanut butter to it had been recalled. Read the news about recalled products here. Read the news about salmonella here.