Peanut Butter Protection

Peanut butter, an old-time favorite among many, can be a very nutritious part of your diet. It can also guard the health of children, as well. The key health threats peanut butter is now shown to aid in are heart disease and obesity. Two diseases that all too often go hand in hand.

Diets rich in peanuts and peanut butter appear to protect against heart disease by lowering levels of bad LDL cholesterol and controlling body weight. These benefits are more important than ever in older children and teens. The nutrients in peanut butter are healthy for growing bodies.

While for many this great news, there is possible but minor problem, especially among children; peanut butter sandwiches, with or without jelly, can get boring.

The following are some ways to take the boredom out of peanut butter while reaping the nutritious benefits.

1. Spread your peanut butter in a new way. For an appealing and healthy snack, spread peanut butter on apples, bananas or pears.

2. At breakfast, spread it on waffles. For lunch, roll it up with jelly or sliced fruit in a tortilla.

3. Swirl it. Heat 2-tablespoons peanut butter in the microwave for about one minute until soft. Swirl it into yogurt, or use as a topping on frozen yogurt or fat-free/low-fat ice cream.

4. Dress it up. Add sliced strawberries or golden raisins for a more grown-up taste.

In addition, use your imagination! Peanut butter tastes very good on many things you never may have thought of trying it on!

Follow this important caveat: The American of Pediatrics suggests parents wait until children are at least two years of age before introducing them to peanut butter. Wait until age four to give them crunchy peanut butter to guard against choking.

Quick note: Discourage eating peanut butter right from the spoon. It can cause choking in both adults and children.

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