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Consumer Reports: Is Peanut Butter Good for You?

Thursday, February 1, 2018  
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Americans eat about 4 pounds of peanut butter per person per year. But years of fat phobia and assumptions that foods that taste rich or indulgent can’t possibly be part of a healthy diet have left many people wondering: Is peanut butter actually good for you?

“We all grew up with peanut butter, and we loved it, and guess what—it really is good for you,” says Joan Salge Blake, Ed.D., R.D., clinical associate professor of nutrition at Boston University.

Like all nut butters, peanut butter is a convenient source of protein, and it comes packaged with an added bonus that is rare for protein foods: Fiber, about 2 grams per 2-tablespoon serving. This nutrient can help you feel fuller longer, helps keep your digestion system in good working order, and may lower cholesterol and improve cardiovascular health.

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