Is peanut butter good for you? We take a look at the science-backed evidence - goodness of eating it.

With the recent news of meat shortages and other groceries that are scarce in stores due to the coronavirus pandemic, a lot of people are stocking up on pantry staples—peanut butter included. 

While peanut butter is a great protein alternative to have while facing meat shortages, there are actually a lot of health benefits—and risks—to regularly having this nut butter in your diet.
Peanut butter is high in healthy monounsaturated fats, nutrient-rich, and it's one of our favorite foods for weight loss. Also help keep your skin supple and naturally radiant.

THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF PEANUT BUTTER


1. Help decrease the risk of total mortality and death from cardiovascular disease.
2. Fuller - Peanut butter's monounsaturated fat and protein are highly satiating.
3. Consuming one ounce of nuts or a half-serving of peanut butter (about one tablespoon) at least five days a week can lower the risk of developing diabetes by over 20 percent.
4. Energy boost - the protein (7 grams in 2 tablespoons), fiber, and healthy fat! 
5. Keep blood sugar stable
6. Good source Magnesiumassist in body-temperature regulation, detoxification, energy production, the formation of strong bones and teeth, and maintenance of a healthy nervous system.
7. Nuts' antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties help reduce stress (or oxidative damage) to the brain.
8. Contains Beta-sitosterol - a plant sterol- help improve immunity and normalize high cortisol levels (stress hormone).
9. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids - decrease LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels,
lowering the risk of metabolic syndrome,
heart disease,
and type 2 diabetes.
10.  High in vitamin E. The spread contains 2.9 milligrams of vitamin E per two-tablespoon serving. 
11. Genistein, a compound that acts directly on the genes for obesity, reduce body's ability to store fat.
12. 179 milligrams of potassium in each two-tablespoon serving, it can also help with relieving muscle soreness and cramping.
13. 74 milligrams of the amino acid tryptophan (2-tablespoon serving), the precursor to the sleep hormones serotonin and melatonin, making it the ideal nighttime snack to catch some zzzs.
14. Happier! Production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps improve mood and provides calming effects.

source; Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, American Medical Association, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Food Data Central, American Heart Association,