Pop a peanut in your mouth and you’re snacking on 29 essential vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants. Naturally cholesterol-free, peanuts are also low in saturated fats and high in fiber, making them a delicious way to keep your muscles, skin, bones and organs functioning well. They’re also an ideal treat for people with dietary issues like gluten intolerance or diabetes. So make peanuts and peanut butter a healthy part of your diet to reduce your risk of obesity, diabetes and many other diseases.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rates of type 2 or adult-onset diabetes have tripled in the last 30 years. In the United States, more than 17 million people have diabetes, and 16 million more Americans are at high risk for developing the disease.
Did you know that eating peanuts and peanut butter can reduce your risk of diabetes? A study from the Harvard School of Public Health found that women who ate five tablespoons of peanut butter each week could reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes by more than 20%. This relationship between peanut or peanut butter consumption and type 2 diabetes was linear – higher consumption resulted in a greater protective effect.
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