January 30, 2019
Peanut butter is often added to certain foods or spread on bread for a snack.
But, according to Kaley Mialki, youth programs specialist with the UF/IFAS Extension Family Nutrition Program, peanut butter contains the following nutrients and compounds:
- Healthy fats, protein, carbohydrates and fiber.
- Several vitamins and minerals, including magnesium, copper, manganese, niacin and vitamin E.
- Resveratrol, phenolic acids and flavonoids.
Mialki said research shows that eating peanuts is associated with decreased mortality and reduced cardiovascular disease risk. The legume may also help reduce the risk of developing diabetes and protect against cancer.
“Peanut butter is a well-balanced food that provides a lot of nutritious bang for your buck,” Mialki said. “It’s important to keep portion sizes in mind because just two tablespoons of peanut butter contain about 200 calories.”
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(Courtesy of UF/IFAS)