Peanut Butter Nutrition - High In Protein
Peanut butter and jelly (commonly known as PB&J;) sandwiches have long been a staple of American kids' lunches. Peanut butter is so popular in fact that it is found in 75% of U.S. homes. The two varieties of peanut butter are chunky and creamy. Peanut butter nutrition facts go beyond the most well known fact, that its a good source of protein. Its also a great source or other nutrients such as niacin, vitamin E, magnesium, etc.
Another little known peanut butter nutritional fact is how well a PB&J; sandwich stacks up, nutritionally speaking, against other common lunchtime fare. When compared to hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza and chicken nuggets, the PB&J; sandwich contained less saturated fats and much less cholesterol. A PB&J; sandwich also contained less sodium then the others, except for the hamburger which had 2g less. Higher fiber content was another nutritional benefit of the PB&J; sandwich.
A serving of chunky style peanut butter with salt has about 6.5% the recommended daily value (RDV) of sodium, whereas the no added salt chunky peanut butter only contains 0.2%. A look at the nutrition fact label on both kinds of chunky peanut butter will also show the RDV of other nutrients such as niacin(21.9%), protein(15.4%) and vitamin E(10.7%).
Creamy style peanut butter has very similar nutrient facts to chunky. Salted creamy peanut butter has 6.2% the RDV of sodium and unsalted creamy peanut butter has the same sodium content as unsalted chunky peanut butter. The nutrition fact label for creamy peanut butter contains the following nutrient percentages: niacin(21.4%), protein(16.1%) and vitamin E(10.7%).
There are numerous peanut butter recipes out there. It can be used to make everything from desserts and side dishes, to the main course entrée. Peanut Butter - not just for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches anymore!
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