Science Questions

Does peanut butter help to lower your cholesterol?

Sun, 7th Jan 2007

Part of the show Red Wine, Caffeine and Bugs in Your Gut

Question

Sarah in March asked:

Does peanut butter help to lower your cholesterol?

Answer

I haven't actually studied any literature on this but certainly peanut butter is a source of mono-unsaturated and polyunsaturated fat. So in the context of a balanced diet, it is likely to have some beneficial effect if you are at the same time cutting out saturated fat. So it's really about replacing say the amount of red meat you might be eating with things that are rich in vegetable fats. Another good example of this would be Soya beans. Soya beans are a good source of vegetable fats.

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