Is Peanut Butter Healthy?


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WebMD is neutral on the health benefits of peanut butter. While studies have demonstrated that peanuts lower the risk of heart disease and provide large amounts of protein, fiber and various minerals, peanut butter is high in calories and fat. Because different brands have varying nutritional qualities, WebMD suggests looking for peanut butter with little to no added fat or sugar with 120 milligrams of sodium per 2 tablespoons.

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In September 2014, ABC News reported on the peanut butter diet, which revealed that it was possible for people to lose weight while eating high-calorie and high-fat peanut butter. The diet works on the principle that low-fat and high-carb foods are unhealthier in the long run, with participants reporting that they found peanut butter tastier and more satisfying than the alternatives. The diet corresponds to research conducted at Harvard University and Penn State that concluded foods high in monosaturated fat, such as peanut butter, helped with weight loss and prevented heart disease. People who participated in Harvard University's study and chose a high-fat diet reported that they lost more weight and kept the weight off longer than their high carb counterparts. Like other diets, the peanut butter diet is best done in conjunction with exercise and does not give permission for participants to overindulge.

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