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Peanut Butter

Let's get this out of the way: Peanut butter is loaded with fat and calories. In fact, one cup of peanut butter contains more than 1,500 calories, more than 1,000 of which are fat, probably making it one of the most caloric foods you have in your kitchen. But, believe it or not, that's not necessarily a bad thing.

The great thing about peanut butter is that a little goes a long way. Although peanut butter is extremely caloric, it's also exceptionally high in nutritional value. What's more, you don't have to eat very much of it because it's extremely filling. In fact, some claim that despite its high calorie content, peanut butter can actually help dieters lose weight [source: Callahan].

Almost all the fat in peanut butter is monounsaturated, so it's good for you and can even help lower your cholesterol and blood pressure. Peanut butter is also high in fiber and protein, making it a perfect food to keep your body healthy, regulated and strong.

It's incredibly easy to add peanut butter to your diet. You can spread it over a sliced banana for a healthy snack, or use it to top crackers for a delicious appetizer. Of course, you can never go wrong with a classic PB&J, but you can also replace the jelly with honey for an entirely different -- but just as tasty -- sandwich.

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