There are several logical reasons why peanut butter is a good thing to eat. First of all, peanuts are legumes, which are plants in the vegetable family. Many people refer to legumes as a vegetable, but they are actually a fruit. While many vegetables contain some protein, they are lacking in one of three essential amino acids vital for good health: cysteine, glutamine, and methionine. These are the three amino acids your body must have to make the three essential side chain of isoleucine, valine, and tryptophan. Home grown peanuts have these three amino acids.
It’s obvious that a diet rich in peanuts can help your body to build muscle and lose weight. A 2 oz. serving 5 or 6 times per week can help you to lose about 3 pounds a month. That may not seem like much, but it adds up over time. A person who is overweight may lose about 3 or 4 pounds a month simply by eating about 2 oz. of peanut butter a day. That amounts to about 5 pounds a month, which is an annual weight loss for most people. Eating peanuts can also help to control diabetes, because they contain the peanut enzyme, which deactivates insulin receptors on the cells in our body.
Peanuts are also rich in mono-unsaturated fats, and these fats can actually help to lower blood cholesterol levels. People who have high blood cholesterol are more likely to get heart disease. Peanuts are rich in protein, which as you may know, helps to stabilize blood sugar, and also helps to control appetite. They are also a good source of Vitamin E, and a good source of manganese, which helps to strengthen the bones, and also plays a role in controlling your stores of energy in the body.
But Peanuts aren’t just for kids…
The occasional adult who can eat peanuts without any problems is also becoming a walking, talking, and noodling GMO baby. That means that what they eat has also become political speechifier.
An example of this at work can be the labeling of processed foods. Recently there have been big discussions about how to label products that have organic sugar, and how to label foods that are purely hydrogenated, but also have organic sugar in them. There are some industry groups that want the United States government to be able to tell labels what not to label it, and there have been some heated debates about it. On the one hand, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (a group that represents major American food companies) says that sugar in general should not be labeled, because sugar in general doesn’t come from a relationship to a product that people buy. On the other hand, the American Diabetes Association (which represents medical doctors) says that sugar and high fructose corn syrup should be category together, because they are essentially the same.
I am still unsure if the artificial sweetener, called aspartame, is something that you want to avoid at all costs, or even something that you could tolerate once in a while, like a piece of cake. I personally would rather have the real thing than not have the real thing. I think we should move away from purity testing, and move towards products that we know can feed us with great nutrition, without the potential negative properties that some products might have. I honestly don’t know of many products that contain true organic ingredients, that are going to be okay for me, my family, and our pets. I am always nervous buying anything, and there are a few select brands that I always buy, but I do buy those brands, and put them up with the best money I can in a way that ensures they are healthy products.
I hope you know that I am trying to help you as much as I can with my research on these products. If you have any questions, you are more than welcome to ask me, and I will do my best to answer them.
Nutritional product selection is very important to your whole foods eating experience. Your body will love you for it, and your natural energy levels will skyrocket. Once you have a great foundation of knowledge, you are sure to seek out more information. The last thing you want to do is quit learning, because you will lose interest in life!
Once you are sure of the nutritional quality of whatever you are purchasing, you are ready to move on to the next step, which is to begin learning how to prepare your very own meal. When you prepare your own meal, you have the added benefit of saving money that you might otherwise be spending on high priced restaurant meals. This is a very important benefit, especially for those of you who are trying to shrink your budget, and save some money on eating out. The truth is that eating out far too often can be very expensive, especially for those of us who are trying to work.