My Secret Weapon: Peanut Butter

I grew up thinking that peanut butter was another one of those delicious foods that has to be bad for you, I was very wrong. After digging and digging into the foods that I am allowed to eat and that will aid muscle growth I came out with some surprising results.

Peanut Butter is good for you! ::faints::

Yep it’s true, as you have probably noticed that I mix the lovely stuff with my oatmeal in the mornings. So what is the story of peanut butter how is it good for you? Lets have a round up of all the goodies and then look into them some more.

Ok so here are some of the things that I found out about peanut butter;

  • Contains folic acid
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Protection against cardiovascular disease
  • Excellent source of protein
  • Boosts Testosterone

FOLIC ACID
This is cool, it can reduce the risk of heart disease and assists your body in making new cells; especially in developing babies spinal cord. Folic acid teamed up with certain vitamins (B6 & B12) helps to eliminate homocysteine which can mess up your heart & arteries.

LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE
Studies have been shown that eating nuts 5-6 times a week can lower your blood pressure as part of a controlled diet. The lowering of blood pressure can occur in as little as two weeks.

PROTECTION AGAINST CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE
Peanut butter has a lot of monounsaturated fats which can lower your cholesterol and has been proven to reduce the risk of beast cancer by 45%, cool huh? Peanut oil is packed with monounsaturated fats. It also contains Resveratrol which also aides cancer prevention, increases athletic performance & protects against viral infections.

EXCELLENT SOURCE OF PROTEIN
Not much to say on this but nuts are packed with protein. Protein is vital for your metabolism and building muscles.

BOOSTS TESTOSTERONE
The monounsaturated fats in peanut butter help you make more testosterone which helps your muscles beef up and your fat disintegrate.

BE CAREFUL: PEANUT BUTTER CONTAINS A LOT OF CALORIES.

I hope this helps. I am sure that it’s not complete and there are many more benefits, which I would gladly receive. If you have anything to add stick it in a comment.

Here is a recipe to make your own healthy peanut butter.

 

 

Here are the sources of my peanut butter digging;

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Thursday, Jan 31st – No Prob

Breakfast – oatmeal, whey, peanut butter & hot low-fat milk

Snack 1 – raw carrot & a low fat strawberry yogurt

Lunch – two slices of whole meal bread, 1 breast of chicken, mayo & a thin-cut slice of cheese

Snack 2 – apple & whey shake
Dinner – grilled pork and mixed vegetables

Snack 3 – star fruit x2