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MORE PEANUT BUTTER, PLEASE

Updated on August 7, 2015

Do you like peanut butter a sandwich filling? Peanut butter is sold in many forms. Creamy crunchy or double crunchy. It tastes delicious, especially to peanut lovers. Now, here's another reason to love peanut butter. Studies show that regular intake of peanut butter can help older girls to avoid benign breast disease, or BBD, by as much as 39 percent. Named Growing Up Today, the study was conducted Brigham's Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. It monitored the dietary habits of 9000 girls, aged 9 to 15, from 1996 to 2001 Four years after monitoring the period, the girls were asked to report back whether or not they had been diagnosed with BBD. Data showed that girls who ate regular servings of peanut butter or nuts twice a week were less likely to have BBD when they reached age 30. Peanut butter has several health benefits. One, it has an energy booster. It contains lots of protein, vitamin B3, manganese, and monosaturated fats, which are good for the body. Two, it helps prevent heart disease. It contains a lot of fiber and studies show that fiber can help lower bad cholesterol levels. It also contains Vitamin E, which linked to the prevention of heart disease. Another component, resveratrol, is an antioxidant associated with lower incidence of heart disease and even wrinkles. Three, it contains mineral like copper, potassium and magnesium. It also has lots of iron, a mineral that facilitates good circulation. Four, peanut butter can help stabilize blood sugar levels in diabetics. A study by the Harvard School of Public Health that monitored 54,000 people over a 22 year period showed that 16g of peanut butter consumed regularly can reduce the risk of heart disease in women with type 2 diabetes. Another study showed that regular consumption of peanut butter reduced triglyceride levels by 24 percent or more.

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