If you didn’t know, today is National Peanut Butter Day. So today is apparently a day to take time out and appreciate peanut butter. Not just for it’s creamy texture and delicious taste, but also for its nutritional power. Did you know that peanut butter can play a role in preventing everything from heart disease to Alzheimer’s?
An average American child eats 1,500 PB&J sandwiches before graduating from high school.
Peanut butter has about 4.3 milligrams of niacin per two-tablespoon serving — an important nutrient that plays a protective role in preventing cognitive decline. A study of 3,000 men over the age of 65 in Chicago found that those who consumed 22 milligrams of niacin per day were 70 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s than their peers who consumed just 13 milligrams.
Among various other health benefits, one serving of peanut butter contains 3.3 grams of saturated fat, but a whopping 12.3 grams of unsaturated fat. That ratio of about 80% unsaturated fat is akin to olive oil, a known heart booster.
So, here’s to you Peanut Butter. You are delicious and healthy. And for that, we honor you today. I can’t believe the post office wasn’t closed today!