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Health Benefits Of Peanuts

Updated on March 11, 2014
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An insight into peanuts

Peanut or groundnut whatever you feel like calling is one of the nutritious food. These nuts are legumes that grow with roots of the plant. These nut are covered by cream brown textured shells. It is easy to remove the shell and inside is an oval shaped cream colored nuts coated with reddish brown skin. Just rub the nuts with fingers to remove this skin. Eat peanut as roasted nut or add them in your food as peanut butter or use as peanut oil. Not only taste is added in recipes at the same time great nutrition is derived from using peanut.The salted peanut is my favorite snack.

Apart from nutrition many health benefits are obtained by eating these nuts. In-fact many diseases are prevented in today's high paced life. Another great thing about these nuts is that they are very reasonable to the pocket as compared to almonds, walnuts and other nuts. So enjoy eating without regretting how much it costed you.

Source of Great Nutrition

Eating peanut is great source of nutrition for our body

1) Peanuts contain zero cholesterol and zero trans-fats

2) Great source of protein

3) Excellent amount of antioxidants especially antioxidant polyphenols

4) Energy rich

5) Good amount of dietary fiber.

6) Low in saturated fats and high in unsaturated fats

7) Loaded with vitamins and minerals like potassium, magnesium, B complex etc

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Good For Heart

Bad Cholesterol Lowering Ability
Your heart will love peanuts. As eating peanuts leads to decrease in heart disease risks. The reason for being good for heart is because it contains good level of unsaturated fats( Monounsaturated fats & Polyunsaturated Fats), 0 cholesterol and 0 trans-fats. These unsaturated fats lowers bad LDL cholesterol levels and increases good HDL cholesterol levels. So regular eating of peanuts will keep heart diseases at bay.

Great Source Antioxidants and their heart benefits
Peanuts contain oelic acid and high levels of polyphenol antioxidants. The antioxidants levels present in peanuts are equivalent to antioxidants found in fruits. Infact peanuts have greater level of antioxidant compared to apples, beets and carrots. When peanuts are roasted their antioxidant levels increases further.
Antioxidants prevent the oxidation of bad LDL cholesterol. Thus preventing atherosclerosis diseases. This atherosclerosis diseases leads to arteries hardening which leads heart attacks and other problems.

Unsalted peanuts lower High Blood Pressure
High BP leads to heart attacks and many other problems. Potasium in peanuts lead to lowering of high BP. Apart from potassium, lowering bad LDL cholesterol ability of peanuts also controls hypertension. But the peanuts need to be unsalted. Daily intake is one ounce for people having high BP.

Thus peanuts are promoters of heart health

Beneficial For Brain

Decreases Stroke Risks
Atherosclerosis leads to strokes. Antioxidant rich peanut lowers atherosclerosis risks. Thus reducing strokes risks.

Prevents Dementia
Eating peanuts in good amount prevents dementia as well as cures a person having these problems. This is due to niacin rich levels in peanuts.

Improves memory
Niacin present in peanuts boosts memory and proper functioning of brain

It decreases the risk of Alzheimer's disease

More Benefits

1) Gallstones are Prevented

2) Keeps you relaxed as depression symptoms are cured by eating peanuts

3) Keeps check on weight gain

How Peanuts can be used in cooking purposes

Disclaimer

The information provided in this article is for education and information purpose only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice. You should use the advice of your family doctor or physician before using any home remedies, supplements or for starting any new health program.

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