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A Research And Self Reflection On Peanut Butter

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Self-Reflection Summary
The reason I chose this particular area of research is that peanut butter is an extremely popular food choice worldwide as it is affordable and nutritious; and I also love to eat it. However, the number of brands and the choices within the brand range make it complicated for the consumer and myself to choose the most nutritious option. Prior to this research I did not understand the nutritional content of the food I ate.
On every food product there is a table of nutritional information that states the exact health contents of the food. There is also a list of ingredients that provides consumers with details regarding the food. In today’s times, consumers are ...view middle of the document...

Medical research wll be an active part of my studies and I am grateful that I have learnt the basics. I am excited to further my studies in this methodology in my career.
6900kJ for a boy aged 7 and 6400kJ for a girl aged 7. This requirement will differ based on gender, amount of exercise done through out the day, height and weight. [30] [31]
A single serving of crunchy peanut butter (1 tablespoon/15g) contains 401kJ. A single serving of smooth peanut butter contains 405kJ. A single serving of no added sugar or salt peanut butter contains 382kJ.
Peanut butter would therefore be a healthy food choice for children’s breakfasts or school lunches, as it will provide them with the energy needed to concentrate at school and to use while playing sport. Adults also benefit from the high energy content of peanut butter, as they too require energy to complete a full day’s work.

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Yum Yum Smooth Peanut Butter contains 350mg of sodium per 100g; Yum Yum Crunchy Peanut Butter contains 414mg and Yum Yum Crunchy Peanut Butter with no added sugar and salt contains 8mg. Sodium is used by the body to control blood pressure and blood volume. However, excess sodium in the diet leads to high blood pressure, which may result in cardiovascular diseases and strokes. Table salt (sodium chloride) is the most common form of sodium. Peanut Butter with no added salt therefore contains virtually no sodium, making it a very healthy food source. The other two peanut butters do contain marginal amounts of sodium. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommend a maximum of 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day. Therefore the amount of sodium in a serving of smooth or crunchy peanut butter (approximately 52mg and 62mg respectfully) can still be regarded as being helthy. When comparing these two peanutbutters, smooth peanut butter has a slightly lower amount of sodium than smooth peanut butter.

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Yum Yum Crunchy Peanut Butter, Yum Yum Smooth Peanut Butter and Yum Yum Crunchy Peanut Butter with no added sugar and salt all contain no cholesterol. Too much cholesterol in the body is unhealthy as it can lead to a build of plaque that narrows or blocks the arteries– the cholesterol combine with other substances in the blood and sticks to the walls of your arteries. High levels of cholesterol in the blood can...

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