Many of us remember peanut butter sandwiches as a quick, simple option for lunch. Researchers at Harvard Medical School have found that eating peanuts or consuming peanut butter a minimum of five times a week will cut your risk of heart heart attack by a whopping 50 percent.
The reason why eating peanut butter lowers the risk is because peanut products are high in mono and polyunsaturated fats and low in saturated fat. Food that are high in mono and polyunsaturated fats will lower LDL cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol) levels in the body. The results of the study also indicated that eating peanut butter may help to lower inflammation in the body.
You don’t have to start slathering peanut butter on everything you eat to get the health benefits of peanuts. A serving is a tablespoon of peanut butter or one ounce of peanuts.