I have written about it previously, but in case you missed it, I start every morning of my life with a spoon full of peanut butter dipped in coconut oil. This is my sole source of energy for my first dog walk and bike ride of the day. I love peanut butter and often find excuses for eating more out of the jar. One of my favorite lunches which I also wrote about is My guilty pleasure.
So, you can imagine how pleased I was to read about this experiment at the University of Houston.
Hispanic middle school children, at high risk for being overweight or obese, reduced their Body Mass Index (BMI) when they adhered to a nutrition intervention that included a snack of peanuts and peanut butter, compared to those children who did not.
The 12-week study was conducted by researchers at the University of Houston Department of Health and Human Performance (HHP), Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Woman’s University. Their findings are published in the Journal of Applied Research on Children.
“Obesity is the most pressing health issue facing us today,” said Craig Johnston, HHP assistant professor. “We’d like to think it’s preventable, but from where I sit right now, there hasn’t been a lot shown to be very effective on a large scale.”
The study acknowledged that snacking is more common during the adolescent years and that the unhealthy eating habit can lead to an unhealthy weight. This is especially true if a student doesn’t have access to other meals during the school day. Continue reading