Here are some things to remember when you are noshing on a PB&J with the kiddos:
- It has relatively high amounts of fiber and protein
- Peanut butter also has very important micro nutrients such as Vitamin E, Vitamin B3, and large amounts of beneficial minerals such as iron, magnesium, potassium, copper, and calcium. Vitamin E is one of the most powerful liposoluble antioxidants, shown to significantly reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Vitamin B3, also known as Niacin, is a vitamin that helps in the recovery of cell DNA damage, more cancer protections as well as helps in the prevention of Alzheimer's.
- One surprising and unique property of peanut butter is its high content of Resveratrol. Yes, the same thing in wines and grape juice. Resveratrol is a powerful anti-cancer agent as well as providing anti-microbial properties that help the body effectively deal with bacteria and various fungi.
- Another interesting substance contained in peanut butter is p-coumaric acid, a polyphenol that is a powerful antioxidant. In fact, when peanuts are roasted, it leads to a higher content in p-coumaric as much as 22%
- A study showed that females who ate at least 1 ounce of nuts, peanuts or peanut butter each week have a 25% lower risk of developing gallstones!
- Peanut butter contains much higher quantities of antioxidants than apples or carrots.
- Use it to help give your pet's medication. Most cats and dogs love the taste of it, so just hide their pill in a glob.
- Smooth peanut butter will help unstick bubblegum from hair and clothing.
- Bait mouse traps with it instead of cheese. Mice tend to prefer it.
- Remove sticky residue left behind when you remove price tags by rubbing with peanut butter.
- Put a glob at the bottom of an ice cream cone before you put ice cream on it to plug it and prevent leaking at the bottom.
- Make a simple bird feeder by spreading peanut butter on a pine cone and roll in bird seed.
- To de-stink your house after frying fish, add a dollop of peanut butter to the frying pan once you take the the fish out and turn off the heat. It will absorb the smell.
Also because I love ya, how about a recipe for the SIMPLEST peanut butter cookies ever....and they are gluten free!
- 1 cup peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
- 1 cup sugar (white, brown, or 1/2 and 1/2) I like all white sugar best
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- optional, chocolate chips
Quick Disclaimer: I am not giving medical advice. Please do not use this information as a replacement for seeking medical advice. I simply want to pass along some extra health benefits you may or may not know about in the food you eat!This post has been linked up at:
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