In “The Wellness Encyclopedia of Food and Nutrition,” a combination of peanut butter and honey provides essential nutrients to your diet. Peanut butter provides nutrients such as protein, vitamin E, niacin, magnesium, niacin, polyphenols and monounsaturated fat. Honey is a natural sweetener produced by bees. It is important for human health because it contains flavonoids that offer antioxidant power. A peanut butter and honey diet can be deficient in many nutrients. Consult with your doctor about any health concerns before increasing your intake of these foods.
Significance of Polyphenols
In “The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth,” Dr. Jonny Bowden claims that peanut butter is rich in antioxidants as many kinds of fruit. Peanut butter contains a high concentration of polyphenols called p-coumaric acid. P-coumaric acid is associated by its antioxidant abilities and anti-cancer properties. It is also considered to be helpful in lowering blood cholesterol levels. Choose all-natural and sugar-free peanut butter whenever possible. Some types of peanut butter contain partially hydrogenated oil -- a trans-fatty acid associated with cardiovascular disease.
Benefits of Monounsaturated Fats
About half of the fat in peanut butter comes from monounsaturated fatty acids. In “Flat Belly Diet,” author Liz Vaccariello reports monounsaturated fat is associated with lower levels of heart disease and cancer. Monounsaturated fat increases your body’s production of testosterone, which builds lean muscle tissue. It also plays a role in healthy skin and cell development. However, you should eat peanut butter in moderation because of its high fat content. Any kind of fat increases your chance of becoming overweight or obese.
Function of Niacin
Peanut butter is an excellent source of a B vitamin called niacin. According to Dr. Jonny Bowden, niacin keeps the skin, digestive and nervous system healthy. The B vitamin helps your body release energy from carbohydrates. It also helps control blood sugar levels.
Significance of Flavonoids
Honey contains flavonoids normally found in fruits and vegetables. Honey provides the flavonoids called myricetin and quercetin. In “The Food Bible,” author Judith Wills claims flavonoids feature powerful antioxidant properties that help prevent free radical and oxidative stress from the environment from damaging your cells. Free radicals are often associated with premature aging, coronary heart disease and cancer. Honey is also known for its anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory effects.
Considerations for Honey
Purchase raw, unprocessed, unheated and unfiltered honey whenever possible. According to Dr. Jonny Bowden, many of the flavonoids and enzymes found in honey are destroyed through pasteurization and high-heat processing. The process strains and removes the nutrients. Remember that honey is still sugar and can affect blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes or other blood sugar issues, you should use honey judiciously.
- "The Wellness Encyclopedia of Food and Nutrition"; University of California at Berkeley; 1992
- "The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth"; Jonny Bowden, PhD; 2007
- "Flat Belly Diet";Liz Vaccariello, Cynthia Sass; 2008
- "The Food Bible"; Judith Wills; 1998