When I got my last haircut, the hair stylist and I talked about our favorite candy. It turned out to be one of the few things we have in common.
For both of us Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are our guilty pleasure. The combination of chocolate and peanuts is irresistible.
Many people share our preference. The Snickers bar is the biggest selling candy bar, and Hershey’s Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup is number two, according to AskMen.com .
I almost completely stopped eating any candy when I took my diabetes seriously- too much sugar.
That’s why I was so excited to read in an article in diabetes magazine a few month’s ago that there is now a sugar-free version of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups . But I looked in vain for it.
Yesterday I finally found my favorite candy in my local drugstore. The first thing I noticed is that the label says it is low glycemic and has 5 grams of fiber.
The second thing I noticed was that somehow one of the cups was in my mouth. It tasted great – every bit as goo...
While many people know that nuts are beneficial for their health, some are wary of eating too many because of the high fat content.
However, research confirms that eating a portion of peanuts, or peanut butter, per day may help reduce the risk of heart disease, type II diabetes and gallbladder disease, without the risk of weight gain.
It appears there really is a lot more to the humble peanut than simply ‘good fats' in terms of decreasing the risk of disease.
So, what are the beneficial components of peanuts?
Antioxidants (comparable to broccoli and tomatoes!)
The cardioprotective effect
When a South African research team investigated the effects of nuts on blood fat levels, they found that eating 1½ to 3½ servings of nuts, at least 5 times a week, could significantly lower cholesterol levels .
This is exciting research, because it demonstrates the benefit of eating a d...
Peanuts have always been a favorite food of Americans and can be consumed in a variety of ways, including the stand-alone peanut to cooking with peanut oil. In fact, we consume ~2.5 billion pounds of peanuts per year, about half of which is in the form of peanut butter. At one time, the health benefits of peanuts were called into question since they're high in fat and calories. However, over the past few years, more scientific research has shown that peanuts can be quite good for our health, specifically cholesterol, when consumed in moderation. Contrary to its name and popular belief, the peanut is not a nut at all. In fact, it is more closely related to beans and peas than to a walnut or pecan. Peanuts belong to the legume family which are edible seeds covered in pods. There are three main types of peanuts consumed in this country: Virginias (commonly known as the cocktail peanut), Runners, and Spanish. Most American peanuts are grown in the southeastern states such as Ge...
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