Did You Know Peanuts Have These Benefits?

Considering weight loss via diet?

Well, there’s always peanuts for you!

The peanut, also known as the groundnut, goober (US), pindar (US) or monkey nut (UK), and taxonomically classified as Arachis hypogaea, is a legume crop grown mainly for its edible seeds. It is widely grown in the tropics and subtropics, being important to both small and large commercial producers. As a legume, the peanut belongs to the botanical family Fabaceae; this is also known as Leguminosae, and commonly known as the bean, or pea, family.

Other peanut products include peanut oil, flour, and protein. These goods are used in a variety of foods, such as desserts, cakes, confectionery, snacks, and sauces.

Peanuts are rich in protein, fat, and various healthy nutrients. Studies show that peanuts may even be useful for weight loss and are linked to a reduced risk of heart disease.

Nutrition

  • Peanuts are high in fat, consisting mostly of mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acids. They are often used to make peanut oil.
  • For a plant food, peanuts are an exceptionally good source of protein. Keep in mind that some people are allergic to peanut protein.
  • Peanuts are low in carbs. This makes them a good dietary choice for people with diabetes.
  • Peanuts are an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals. These include biotin, copper, niacin, folate, manganese, vitamin E, thiamine, phosphorus, and magnesium.
  • Peanuts contain various plant compounds. These include antioxidants, such as coumaric acid and resveratrol, as well as antinutrients like phytic acid.

Benefits of Peanuts

Weight Loss

Peanuts are very filling and can be considered an effective component of a weight loss diet.

Heart health

Notably, peanuts contain a number of heart-healthy nutrients. These include magnesium, niacin, copper, oleic acid, and multiple antioxidants, such as resveratrol.

Gallstone prevention

Two observational studies suggest that frequent peanut consumption may cut the risk of gallstones in both men and women. As most gallstones are largely composed of cholesterol, the cholesterol-lowering effect of peanuts may be the cause.

Managing blood sugar levels

Peanuts are an excellent food for people with diabetes or a risk of diabetes. Peanuts have a low glycemic index (GI), meaning they do not cause big spikes in blood sugar levels.

Downsides of Peanuts

  • Aflatoxin poisoning

Peanuts can sometimes be contaminated with a species of mold (Aspergillus flavus) that produces aflatoxin.

  • Antinutrients

Peanuts contain a number of antinutrients, which are substances that impair your absorption of nutrients and reduce nutritional value.

  • Peanut allergy

Peanuts are one of the most common food allergens.

For their optimal health benefits, choose raw peanuts with the skin on. Raw peanuts with their skin on are high in cell-defending antioxidants.

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