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January 24, 2012

i almost don’t know myself anymore.  i didn’t know until just now, 2:05 p.m., that today is national peanut butter day!  holy moly.  i did not even know.  until just now.  thanks to my clicking on to the huffington post.  here’s what i learned about peanut butter and why i will be jiffing something up this evening:

it’s heart healthy

according to some doctor one serving of p.b. contains 12.3 grams of unsaturated fat (along with 3.3 grams of saturated fat, but that’s neither here nor there).  unsaturated fat is the good fat, and this ratio makes peanut butter’s fat akin to that of olive oil, which is known to be heart healthy because unsaturated fat lowers the nasty ldl cholesterol and the risk of heart disease.  unsaturated fatten me up!

potassium

potassium also reduces the risk of heart disease.  yay!  the huffington post claims that a 2010 study found consuming 4.7 grams of potassium had the same effect as cutting 4 grams of sodium.  though potassium is also salt, it’s good salt and helps combat arthritis, cancer, digestive problems and infertility.  looks like i’m going to live forever.

fill me up

peanut butter keeps you full.  and i don’t need a study to know that much for sure.

i’m cheap

though i constantly stagger from the price of a jar of the nutty stuff, it’s only about 30 cents per serving, making it a pretty pocket-friendly protein/fiber/folate/magnesium/vitamin e source.  i’ll take two.

this is your brain on butter…

the butter has nearly 4.3 milligrams of niacin, which helps in preventing cognitive decline.  a study of men in chicago proved that men who consumed 22 milligrams of niacin per day were 70% less likely to develop alzheimer’s.  and i’ll remember that!

and while i’m thinking about it.  i think i’ll bake a batch of buddy bars tonight in honor of national peanut butter day.  now who’s the buddy that’s going to help me eat them?

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  1. January 24, 2012 10:15 pm

    As one of your buddies, I wish I lived closer! I guess I know what I will be consuming tonight!!!!

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