Skip to comments.Peanut Butter 'Wards Off Heart Disease'
Posted on 06/25/2009 12:28:54 PM PDT by lewisglad
Peanut butter sandwiches, favoured by cartoon character Charlie Brown, could be the secret to beating heart disease, according to new research.
A study in the US reveals snacking on peanuts or peanut butter at least five days a week can nearly halve the risk of a heart attack.
A team of experts at Harvard Medical School in Boston came up with the findings after studying the eating habits of thousands of women with type two diabetes.
The condition dramatically increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Poor diet and lifestyle has led to a surge in the numbers affected by type two diabetes in the UK, up from 1.5 million five years ago to 2.25 million.
The latest findings, published in the Journal of Nutrition, support earlier studies on the cardiovascular benefits of peanuts and peanut products.
But it is believed to be the first study showing major clinical benefits in such a high-risk group.
In a report the researchers said: 'Peanuts are low in saturated fat and high in mono and polyunsaturated fats, which have been shown to lower LDL cholesterol.'
LDL cholesterol is the 'bad' form of blood fat known to increase the dangers to the heart.
But the researchers said peanuts and peanut butter could also be helping by reducing inflammation in the body, or boosting the health of blood vessels around the heart.
The team analysed the diets of more than 6,000 women who took part in the Nurses Health Study, a long-running investigation into female health trends which began back in 1976.
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Good. I love peanut butter.
How about Reese’s Pieces? No THAT would be GREAT news!
My boys should have hearts of steel then. :-)
If this is true, my peanut butter and frito sandwiches will have me living past 150.
Will they FDA give it the Cheerios treatment and label it a drug?
I’m off to the kitchen to mix some peanut butter with sugar, form it into balls, and pour melted chocolate over them onto a glass board. When cool, pop into mouth.
Mix peanut-butter and pork and it will ward off other things also.
Lots of schools now ban PB due to other students allergies.
Can’t get a bag of peanuts on a plane now either.
How much would it cost to give a tax break to peanut butter users?
Yeah, I got a single slice of some nice 1,000 grain (or so) sprouted wheat bread, toast it, slather on some Jim’s “natural” peanut butter (extra chunky) and add jam. Then a half glass of milk.
Darned good for you too.
“Lots of schools now ban PB due to other students allergies.”
That’s one of the reasons we’re seeing an increase in peanut allergies.
I don’t care for peanut butter but I love peanut oil for cooking.
We’re in trouble. If peanuts, the humble peanut, is shown in studies to actually reduce bad cholesterol AND give other benefits, the FDA will soon classify PEANUTS as a drug.
After all, they are doing that to Cheerios, which will help do the SAME DARN THING.
Also, aren’t schools and businesses banning the eating of peanut butter sandwiches as lunch because some people are allergic to the peanut?
I enjoy my daily peanut butter crackers, and won’t give them up, even if they are good for me.
peanut butter and chocolate........my two fav food groups. ;^)
It keeps off the heart disease, then the aflatoxin gets you. Just a little later.
I eat peanuts every day. I should live to be 100.
So that’s what’s keepin’ Jimmah Carter alive!