Everything You Need to Know About Peanut Butter

Lauren Krouse
by Lauren Krouse
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Delicious right off the spoon and extremely versatile, it’s no wonder peanut butter is one of the top-logged foods on MyFitnessPal. As long as you’re not allergic to it (obviously), the spread is a good source of plant-based proteinvitamins, minerals and healthy fats. In general, people who eat more peanuts (and nuts in general) have a lower risk of heart disease and obesity, according to a review in the British Journal of Nutrition and a study in the European Journal of Nutrition.

However, peanut butter is also calorie-dense and high in saturated fats (which boost your LDL or bad cholesterol levels), so it’s best enjoyed in moderation along with other healthy nut butters like almond butter and sunflower seed butter.

About the Author

Lauren Krouse
Lauren Krouse

Lauren Krouse is a freelance writer and researcher based in North Carolina. A graduate of the MFA in Creative Nonfiction program at UNC-Wilmington, she loves writing about all things health, fitness, politics, and activism. When she’s not typing away, you can find her meditating, weightlifting, playing soccer, or walking in the woods with her partner and two rescue dogs.


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