Peanuts Swap Fast Food for Good Food Fast!
Life moves fast, and sometimes, you need food that can keep up. But when we rely on fast food, our bodies miss out on a lot of the vitamins and nutrients that we need to feel our best. That’s because much of fast food is overly processed, and relies on sugar, salt, and saturated fat that may taste good in the moment, but end up leaving us feeling worse — and may even increase our risk for certain cancers.
But if you’re looking for healthy food alternatives, here’s the good news: with peanuts and peanut butter, you can stay on-the-go and not have to go without proper nutrition.
And the even better news? There are plenty of ways to enjoy them that are as fast as they are healthy!
A Real Value Meal
Peanuts aren’t just one of the healthiest and most popular nuts, they’re also one of the most affordable! And that means cooking up recipes that can help support a healthy waistline, and a healthier bottom line.
Want to get cooking? You can find plenty of our favorite time-saving (and money-saving) recipes right here.
So, why should peanuts and peanut butter top your shopping list?
America’s #1 Nut, with Billions Served
There’s a reason peanuts are one of the world’s favorite nuts, accounting for a whopping 67% of all nut consumption in the United States alone. In fact, there are too many reasons to fit in just one shell!
- Provide more protein per serving than any other nut, which helps you stay feeling fuller, longer.
- Reduce Alzheimer’s disease risk by 70%, thanks in part to their excellent niacin content.
- Reduce diabetes risk by 53%.
- Reduce cardiovascular disease risk by 13%.
- Aid memory, cognitive function, concentration  and can even help reduce your risk of anxiety and depression .
It’s probably not surprising to hear that plant-based protein like peanuts is healthier than the typical animal protein found in fast food. What might surprise you, though, is just how big a difference it can make for your long-term health and wellness.
Plant-Based Protein vs. Animal-Based Protein
- Plant-based protein helps you live longer: Research that studied nuts and legumes compared to animal protein showed higher intake from meat is associated with increased mortality risk.
- Swapping proteins protects against diabetes: Replacing plant-based protein for animal-based protein can lower your likelihood of developing diabetes substantially. 
- Plant-based protein makes YOU faster: In older adults, faster walking speed was associated with a higher intake of plant protein, while slower walking speed was associated with greater animal protein intake.  So much for fast food!
- Plant-based protein is more sustainable: Peanuts don’t just help you — they can help the planet! They produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions than protein sources like eggs and cheese, they produce nitrogen to improve the soil they’re planted in , AND they require less water to grow than other nuts. (Want to learn more about the sustainability of peanuts? Check out our blog!)
A Bite for the Road
It’s time for fast food to make a quick retreat—because peanuts and peanut butter can provide delicious meals that are more nutritious, more affordable, and just as fast and convenient. So if you’re looking for a go-to snack that’s great on the go, look no further than peanuts and peanut butter!
Because they aren’t fast food—they’re good food fast!
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