The Health Benefits Of Peanuts

2017/10/10 Posted by

Nuts are technically considered a fruit. However, unlike most types of fruit, they aren’t sweet and are high in fat.

They contain a hard, inedible outer shell that usually needs to be cracked open to release the fruit inside.

Fortunately, you can buy most nuts from the store “pre-shelled” so that you don’t have to crack them open yourself.

In the study, researchers examined data from the Netherlands Cohort Study, which includes information about 120,000 Dutch 55- to 69-year-old men and women from 1986 to the present day. They measured nut intake by asking about portion size and the frequency at which the participants ate tree nuts, peanuts, and peanut butter.

  • Protein and fiber. Peanuts improve satiety and help maintain weight loss. Several studies have found that eating small amounts of nuts helps dieters lose weight; when nuts were allowed in their eating plans, they did not feel deprived.
  • Nutrients. Peanuts are abundant in the vitamins niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, thiamin, riboflavin, choline, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin E and rich in minerals like http://edition.cnn.com/2007/HEALTH/diet.fitness/11/06/cl.healthful.foods/ magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, iron, copper, manganese and selenium.
  • Disease control. Studies have found eating peanuts five times a week decreased heart disease and reduced the risk of diabetes, gallbladder disease and colorectal cancer. Peanuts and peanut butter are included on the DASH diet eating plan, which helps lower blood pressure.
  • Antiaging. Peanuts have been found to contain the potent antiaging molecule resveratrol, the same phytochemical found in red wine and grapes. Studies have shown that resveratrol can fight the proliferation of fat cells and improve the uptake of sugar from the blood. The resveratrol in peanuts is found in the seed itself and the skin.
  • Cholesterol. When postmenopausal women with high cholesterol were fed a low-fat diet that included healthy fats from peanuts, their cholesterol improved. The phytosterols that peanuts contain have been shown to reduce cholesterol.

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