What are the health benefits of a whole-wheat-and-peanut-butter sandwich?
Lona Sandon
Nutrition & Dietetics
Peanuts and peanut butter have over 30 essential vitamins and minerals we need for optimal health. Some of these nutrients include the antioxidant vitamin E which helps keep cells and arteries healthy, potassium and magnesium for healthy blood pressure, as well as B vitamins such as folate and niacin for heart health and energy. 

When you combine whole wheat bread with peanut butter, you get a complete protein. In other words, you get all the amino acids your muscles and tissues need to stay strong and healthy. Not to mention you also get the benefits of the whole wheat which include fiber for digestive health. Eating whole grains is associated with lower body weight and less heart disease.

Jazz up your peanut butter sandwich by adding thin apple slices sprinkled with cinnamon.
The all-American sandwich is also an all-round pick-me-up, thanks to its amazingly complete mix of carbs, healthy fats, protein, and whole-grain fiber. Just make it a one-slice fold-over to cut the calories down to about 200, and use all-natural peanut butter that has no added sugar or fats. (Look for peanuts and peanuts only in the ingredients!)

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Health Value Of Foods

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's important to read nutrition labels and know the source of your food. Products advertised as whole-grain, organic or fortified may not necessarily be healthy for you. Find out how to get the most health value from various fruits, nuts, spices, oils and vegetables -- and learn which types of red meat and processed foods to avoid -- with expert advice from Sharecare.

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