You'll be surprised at the list of health foods that some nutrition experts won't touch.
Reduced-Fat Peanut Butter
Cristina Rivera, a registered dietician and president of Nutrition In Motion PC, emphasizes further that not all fats are harmful. “Unsaturated fats such as nuts and peanut butter, seeds, avocado, olive oil and fish oil have numerous health benefits. Foods that contain these fats protect our heart, lower bad cholesterol while raising good cholesterol, and fight inflammation in our bodies,” says Rivera. People should keep that in mind when thinking about opting for low-fat or reduced-fat versions of foods, she says.
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In moderation, nuts and nut butters can be healthy snacks that are high in magnesium and vitamin E. Magnesium protects respiratory health and vitamin E boosts immunity and helps protect the body from tissue damage and inflammation triggered by cancer-causing free radicals.
So, when choosing a peanut butter, Rivera recommends skipping the reduced-fat versions in order to reap the full benefits of peanuts’ heart-healthy fats. “Natural or organic is the best option, and if you’re worried about the high calorie content, just be sure to practice portion control — 1 to 2 tablespoons is a serving — and stay physically active.”
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