If this resembles you then yes, you are exhibiting symptoms of having a dependency on peanut butter. As ridiculous as this animation seems, there is some truth behind it. Whether you’re cheering because you’re eating one of the tastiest high protein snacks out there or because you’re just an innately happy person, one effect that peanut butter has on the body may be the most plausible factor in your excitement equation.
Peanut butter actually contains a plant sterol called beta-sitosterol, which works to fight against the effects of stress. Studies indicate that it helps the stress hormone, cortisol, balance out with other hormones. So, if you’re in high-stress mode and have the urge to shovel out a couple of spoonfuls of peanut butter, your body is trying to balance its hormones. Who knew peanut butter was also a natural stress reliever?