National Peanut Butter Day
Although not widely recognized by the masses, January 24, 2012, is National Peanut Butter Day.
Why do we have such a day in the first place? For decades, we have revered the peanut butter as one of the honored wonder foods in our diet for its rich, delicious taste and a powerful one half to the favorite peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but also for its special health benefits that can play a huge role from heart health to even Alzheimer’s Disease. While peanuts by themselves already play a huge part to our everyday health and lifestyle, peanut butter makes it up for its tasty, robust flavor. We love our peanut butter one way or the other, whether that peanut butter comes creamy or all-out chunky with crushed peanuts.
Peanut butter was created in the 1890s by a physician named Dr. Ambrose Straub of St. Louis, Missouri as an early remedy for bad teeth for the elderly. The product became popular with his patients, however the peanuts’ natural processes often separates its oil from the solids. Decades later in 1933, a California packer discovered a process to homogenize the peanuts in to the spread that we now know and love today.
All-natural peanut butter, that is, with no other additives such as sugar or other oils, can provide many healthy benefits. Just like any other food, it’s always best to consume in moderation rather than in huge amounts on a regular basis. The heart, for instance, peanut butter may contain fat, but has a higher amount of monounsaturated fat about the equal amount of olive oil than saturated fat, which helps rise the level of LDL cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol) and moreso on HDL cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol).
Peanut butter also contains a high amount of potassium which can reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and other conditions. A high potassium diet can also help lower a person’s high sodium intake level that. Try eating a banana with peanut butter for a double dose of potassium as part of your healthy diet.Continued on the next page