You might think of peanut butter as junk food…
But according to the latest research, indulging in this delicious treat may actually be extremely beneficial to your heart.
A 12-year observational study published in JAMA Internal Medicine showed that eating peanuts regularly can lower your risk of heart disease by as much as 21 percent. We have put out many articles stating that peanuts and peanut butter is one of the foods that diabetics should eat daily.
That means eating 100% natural and sugar-free peanut butter may actually lower your chances of heart attack or stroke.
And peanut butter isn’t the only food that can help your heart… there’s actually a long list of foods that can improve your overall heart function, like:
The University of Connecticut conducted a 30-day study to see how broccoli affected the health of rats.
They split the rats into two groups and fed both of them regular rat pellets.
One of those groups was given regular water to drink; the other group was given a potent broccoli extract.
After the study was over, they ran a few tests on both groups.
One of those tests used oxygen deprivation as a way to simulate the effects of a heart attack.
The rats that had been given broccoli extract had three major advantages over the others:
- Better blood-pumping ability
- Less heart damage from oxygen deprivation
- Higher levels of heart-health chemicals (even when deprived oxygen)
The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry published a similar study using rats… only this time, they tested the effects of garlic.
This study split the rats into three groups. One of those groups was given fresh garlic; another was fed dried and powdered garlic; and the last group was given no garlic at all.
Just like the broccoli study, these researchers found that the rats who ate garlic performed much better when put through oxygen deprivation.
But when it came to restoring blood flow to the heart, the rats who ate fresh garlic had significantly better results…
So while any form of garlic will be good for you, eating it fresh will do the most good for your heart.
Test-tube studies have shown that honey can actually slow the oxidation of LDL (low density lipoprotein) in human blood. This is probably because honey contains the same amount of antioxidants as spinach.
Oxidation of LDL cholesterol plays a huge role in atherosclerosis…so getting in extra antioxidants will help prevent the narrowing of your arteries.
If you’re looking for a delicious way to get all of these heart-healthy foods in one delicious meal, try this recipe on for size.
Weighing in at only 225 calories a serving, this recipe has over 6 grams of fiber and nearly 10 grams of protein – so it will keep you full for hours after you eat.
Healthy Stir Fried Broccoli
|¼ C Sugar-free peanut butter
1/3 C water
2 T Honey 1 T minced Garlic
|2 T low-sodium soy sauce
1 T peanut oil
1 ½ lbs broccoli florets
1 Bell pepper, sliced
- Whisk the water, honey, garlic, peanut butter, and soy sauce in a bowl until smooth.
- Heat the oil in a large skillet and add the bell pepper and broccoli. Sauté till soft.
- Pour the sauce over the broccoli and bell pepper mixture and serve.
In addition to being incredibly filling, this crowd-pleasing dish is deceptively delicious – so no one will be able to guess how healthy it really is.
You can easily throw this recipe together in less than 30 minutes – making it the perfect mid-week meal.
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Health and Wellness Associates
Bereliani – Carrothers