Rick Mattes, PhD, RD, who conducted the study, said,
Science Says Peanut Butter Works"These findings are important because they challenge the belief that eating high-fat foods like peanuts and peanut butter necessarily will lead to weight gain."
The research also supports previous long- and short-term studies that indicate that regular consumption of peanuts does not promote weight gain and can reduce the risk of heart disease.
By comparison, when the participants ate other snacks like rice cakes, hunger returned within a half hour.
Peanuts and peanut butter produced more eating satisfaction and feelings of fullness than high-carbohydrate snacks.
More Health Fats Means a Healthier HeartThere was also a positive change in the mix of fat in the study subjects' daily diets when they consumed peanuts and peanut butter. Mono- and polyunsaturated fats increased and saturated fat decreased, providing a healthier-heart profile.
(Monounsaturated fats raise the "good" cholesterol levels without raising total blood cholesterol.)
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