What are the Health Benefits of Peanuts?
Peanuts actually came from South America. The natives there ate peanuts as part of their regular diet. Peanuts were later placed on African slave boats that traveled to North America, and that’s how they found their way here.
Since that time, the natives of North America fell in love with the tasty legume, and it has since become “The All-American Peanut.”
Peanuts are available in various forms- raw or roasted, shelled or unshelled, and salted or unsalted. They are enjoyed regularly at baseball games, at circuses, and as snacks on short airplane flights.
It’s probably enjoyed most when it’s turned into a gooey butter and paired up with jelly in between two slices of bread. Approximately one hundred million jars of peanut butter are bought every year!
1. Cardiovascular Disease
Not only do peanuts taste good, but they deliver a multitude of health benefits.
For example, peanuts are high in monounsaturated fats. These fats have been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Peanuts are also good source of niacin, Vitamin E, magnesium, and foliate.
2. Fight Against Cancer and Virus
Even though peanuts are a legume- a vegetable- and not a fruit, peanuts contain resveratrol. Resveratrol is beneficial in protecting a person’s body from cancer and viruses. Not only that, but it’s an anti-inflammatory that can help slow down the aging process and promote longevity.
3. Heart Ddisease
Resveratrol is also found in red grapes. The reason that the French, who typically eat a diet that’s high in fats, have a low percentage of heart disease, is attributed to the amount of wine they drink. Therefore, eating peanuts can also reduce your chances of heart disease as well.
3. Powerful Antioxidants
Peanuts also contain a significant amount of powerful antioxidants. They are high in protein, provide energy, and are a good source of fiber.
But their taste and their nutritional value are only two reasons why peanuts have been embraced by America. The All-American peanut also helped cotton farmers survive during the nineteenth century.
Because their cotton crops were destroyed by boll weevils, farmers were encouraged by George Washington Carver to plant peanuts instead. Carver was a botanist and an inventor who would eventually invent more than three hundred uses for peanuts.
Peanuts are a rather strange-growing plant. They start out as a flowering plant. As the plant grows, it becomes heavy. This heaviness bends the stalk over. As a result, the peanut plant grows into the ground. The peanuts actually mature underground. Each grayish-brown peanut shell contains two or three peanut kernels.
4. High in omega 3 acids
Peanuts are high in unsaturated fats (healthy fats), which are essential for a healthy diet. Peanuts are known as plant nuts because unlike tree nuts such as walnuts, pecans, and hazelnuts, which grow on trees, peanuts grow on plants.
Studies have shown that peanuts have the potential to fight free radicals associated with cancer. High in omega 3 acids, peanuts are heart-healthy and should be included in your daily diet.
However, most experts recommend limiting daily portions. A small amount, about the size of a half-dollar in the palm of your hand is plenty.
5. Full Nutrition
With that in mind, a peanut butter sandwich on whole-grain bread would make an excellent substitute for that artery-clogging hamburger for lunch, and peanut butter is loaded with protein. As a plant nut, peanuts contain nutrients from the plant that our bodies need to maintain proper nutrition.
There are many ways to cook peanuts too. There is nothing like the aroma of fresh roasted peanuts, especially on a cold wintry day. Simply spread the dried peanuts (in their shells) across an ungreased baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for twenty to thirty minutes.
Peanuts are also good boiled and taste a lot like pinto beans. Green peanuts are best for boiling. Cover them (in their shells) with water and boil for about an hour, or taste-test them until desired tenderness has been reached.
Peanuts Nutrition Facts And Calorie Information
- Calories 166
- Total fat(g) 14.0
- Saturated(g) 2.0
- Unsaturated(g) 12.0
- Protein(g) 6.7
- Carbohydrates(g) 6.1
- Sodium(mg) 1.7
- Potassium(mg) 186.5
Therefore, peanuts are high in protein and good for your heart. Peanut butter makes an excellent addition to crackers. It make a nutritious afternoon snack for a quick pick-me-up. Ever had a pineapple and peanut butter sandwich?
To buy the best peanuts, you should inspect the product for any sign of moisture or insect infestation. Peanut shells should be intact and not have damage. If you can, smell the peanuts. They should have a fresh odor, and not smell musty or old.
If the peanuts are still in their shells, store them in an airtight container away from heat, light, and moisture. Refrigeration will keep them good for approximately nine months.
Shelled peanuts should be kept in an airtight container and always be kept in your refrigerator to prevent them from spoiling. Shelled peanuts will stay good for up to three months in the refrigerator. They’ll stay good for twice that time if you freeze them.