Recipe: Peanut Power Butter
A Brief History of Peanut Butter
In 1890, a St. Louis food products company began selling peanut butter out of barrels for about 6¢ per pound as a protein supplement for people with poor teeth who couldn’t chew meat. This gave birth to peanut butter in America. The next step in peanut butter evolution was introduced in 1922 when a California entrepreneur received a patent for the first shelf-stable peanut butter that would stay fresh for a year. This created peanut butter as we know it today, until now.
Peanut PowerButter™ has taken traditional peanut butter paste and enhanced it with even more beneficial nutrients that our bodies need to stay healthier, younger, and fit. It’s what peanut butter should be.
Peanut Butter is a great source of protein and other essential nutrients. Research has found that peanut butter helps reduce the chances of heart disease.
Omega 3 & Omega 6
Peanuts and peanut butter are whole foods that pack a lot of nutrition into just one serving. In the legume or dried bean family, peanuts are a terrific protein source. But the story gets better and better when you consider the significant amounts of the following nutrients found in a single ounce of peanuts.
Research studies on large groups of people have found that people who often eat peanuts and nuts have a much lower risk of heart disease. Also, scientists are finding that diets high in monounsaturated fats, the type found in peanuts, may also protect against heart disease.
Peanuts and peanut butter are whole foods that contain a variety of vitamins and minerals, ample protein and beneficial unsaturated fats. Since they are a plant food, they naturally contain no cholesterol.
Peanuts and peanut butter contain high-quality plant protein. When comparing peanuts to similar foods, peanuts have more protein than any other legume or nut. This is especially important for children, vegetarians and people eating more meatless meals.
Peanuts and peanut butter contain mostly beneficial monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. These fats as compared to saturated fats have been shown to help lower blood cholesterol levels. Lowering your blood cholesterol level may reduce your risk of coronary heart disease.
One ounce or one small handful of peanuts contains 2 big grams of fiber. This is 8% of the fiber you need each day!
One ounce of peanuts provided 25% of your daily need for vitamin E. Vitamin E has been shown to act as an antioxidant, which may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
Peanuts are an important source of essential minerals such as magnesium, copper, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. Some of these “hard-to-find” minerals such as copper and magnesium may protect against coronary heart disease.
B vitamins such as folate can help prevent birth defects. They also reduce the amount of homocysteine in the blood that may be a risk for heart disease. Peanuts are a good source of folate, a key B vitamin.
Phytochemicals are natural substances in plants which may provide a wide range of health benefits such as reducing the risk of coronary heart disease. Peanuts contain resveratrol, which is one of the many phytochemicals found in plant foods.
Flaxseed is one-third oil, the remainder consisting of fiber, protein and mucilage. Flax oil is one of the greatest sources of essential fatty acids. The protein in flaxseeds is easily digested and contains all the amino acids needed for building a strong body. The fiber in flax acts as a broom, sweeping the colon of toxic material, metabolic waste and dried mucus. Flax fiber is an excellent food for friendly bacteria in the intestine, which keeps disease-causing organisms in check.
Twelve percent of flaxseed is mucilage, which makes it a gentle, non-irritating, natural laxative. Flax mucilage is perfect for those who have a sensitive stomach, acting as a buffer for excess stomach acids, soothing ulcers or irritable bowel disorders.
Flaxseed contains lignans that have anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-cancer properties. Flaxseeds have the richest source of lignans, 100 times more than the next best source, wheat bran. The majority of lignans is found in the seed, giving it an advantage over flax oil. Flaxseed also contains lecithin, which emulsifies fat and cholesterol. These little seeds improve digestion, help stabilize blood glucose levels, fight tumor formation and enhance cardiovascular health.
Flax oil is one of the most beneficial products in the nutrition field today. Research is continuing to uncover the benefits of Flaxseed oil on the human body. Here is a listing of some of the benefits of Flaxseed oil.
• Shortens the time necessary for fatigued muscles to recover from exertion
• Alleviates pain and inflammation associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis
• Accelerates the healing of pain
• May improve athletic performance
• Lowers serum cholesterol levels
• Alleviates the symptoms of Diabetes Mellitus
• Increases the body’s production of energy
• Substantially shortens the recovery time for muscles after intensive exercise
• May prevent/alleviate fatigue and accelerate recovery from exercise
• A valuable adjunctive treatment for obesity, flaxseed oil helps the kidneys eliminate excess water
• Improves the function of the liver
• Improves stamina through the increased production of energy
• Helps prevent atherosclerosis
• Helps prevent abnormal blood clotting
• Lowers elevated blood pressure in hypertension patients
• Helps prevent heart attacks and helps prevent the occurrence of second heart attack
• Helps prevent thrombosis
• Lowers the body’s production of potentially toxic thromboxanes
• Improves eye site and color perception
• Alleviates some cases of alopecia areata
• Helpful in the treatment of dandruff
• Improves the condition of dry hair
• Alleviates some allergies
• Alleviates the side-effects and inhibits the further development of many forms of
• Prevents the suppression of the immune system that occurs following intensive exercise
• Eliminates dry skin on hands
• Effectively treats some cases of depression
• Improves the mental function of elderly people
• Is beneficial in the treatment of and often improves the symptoms of multiple sclerosis
• Improves the behavior of Schizophrenia
• Alleviates some cases of asthma
• Improves the condition of many acne patients
• Accelerates the healing of bruises
• Alleviates most cases of dry skin
• Alleviates many cases of eczema
• Increases the strength of the nails and strengthens nails that break
• Helpful in the treatment of psoriasis
• Alleviates enlarged prostate
• Alleviates some cases of male infertility
• Alleviates in some cases pre-menstrual syndrome
• Makes pregnancy less eventful, makes deliveries easier and produces healthier offspring
With all the media attention on cholesterol, consumers often lose sight of the fact that eggs are a nutrient rich, affordable contributor to a healthy diet. Not only do eggs contain the highest quality source of protein available but they also contain almost every essential vitamin and mineral needed by humans. In fact, egg protein is of such high quality that it is used as the standard by which other proteins are compared. Eggs have a biological value (efficacy with which protein is used for growth) of 93.7%. Comparable values are 84.5% for milk, 76% for fish, and 74.3% for beef. Eggs really are the best protein money can buy, and all of those other valuable vitamins and minerals too. One of the major protein ingredients in PowerButter is egg white, which contains no cholesterol.
Omega 3 & Omega 6:
Like all fats, Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) provide energy. Their calorific value is similar to other fats and oils but, unlike saturated fats, they have important health roles. In fact, as their names suggest, they are essential and must be consumed regularly, as the body has limited storage for them.
Both of the important EFA families — Omega-6 and Omega-3 — are components of nerve cells and cellular membranes. They are converted by the body into eicosanoids, leukotrienes and prostaglandins all of which are needed on a second-by-second basis by most tissue activities in the body.
EFAs are involved in normal physiology, including:
• Regulating pressure in the eye, joints, and blood vessels, and mediating immune response
• Regulating bodily secretions and their viscosity
• Dilating or constricting blood vessels
• Regulating collateral circulation
• Directing endocrine hormones to their target cells
• Regulating smooth muscles and autonomic reflexes
• Being primary constituents of cell membranes
• Regulating the rate of cell division
• Maintaining the fluidity and rigidity of cellular membranes
• Regulating the inflow and outflow of substances to and from cells
• Transporting oxygen from red blood cells to the tissues
• Maintaining proper kidney function and fluid balance
• Keeping saturated fats mobile in the blood stream
• Preventing blood cells from clumping together (blood clots that can be a cause of heart attack and stroke)
• Mediating the release of inflammatory substances from cells that may trigger allergic conditions
• Regulating nerve transmission and communication
•• Helping prevent long-term degenerative illness, which results from a diet deficient in either Omega-3 of Omega-6
However, because the end products (e.g. prostaglandin, leukotriene) of EFA metabolism differ slightly but significantly from Omega-6 to Omega-3, both EFAs must be present in balance for optimum health.
1. Great Peanut Butter for your protein shakes!
2. Don’t try to spread it on bread because it tastes terrible alone.
3. Because it is mixed with your protein shake the taste isn’t bad, it’s the same principle as cooking with cheap liquor vs expensive liquor. It’s diluted in the meal so it doesn’t taste bad.
4. At an average of $23 for a 4lb jug it isn’t that bad.
Check it out if you drink shakes daily.