The health benefits of hazelnuts
Surprisingly, peanuts are not, in fact, part of the walnut family. They are classified as legumes along with foods such as green peas, soy
and lentils. The peanut plant probably came from South America in Brazil or Peru. Scientists have found 3,500-year-old peanut-shaped pottery, as well as decorated with peanuts, in South America.
Peanuts grow underground as a fruit of the peanut plant. In the early 1800s, Americans began growing peanuts as a commercial crop. On average, Americans eat more than 6 kilograms of peanuts a year. Today, 50% of peanuts consumed in the United States are consumed in the form of peanut butter.
BENEFITS for health
Many people believe that the peanut is not at
as valuable nutritionally as real nuts, such as almonds, walnuts or cashews. But in fact, peanuts have many of the same health benefits as more expensive nuts and should not be overlooked as a nutritious food.
Great attention has been paid to nuts and almonds as “heart-healthy” foods, given their high content of unsaturated fats. But research suggests that peanuts are as good for heart health as more expensive nuts.
Peanuts help prevent heart disease by decreasing
Foods high in protein can help you feel full of fewer calories. And among nuts, peanuts are in second place only after almonds when it comes to the number of proteins. Studies have shown that people who include a moderate amount of peanuts in their diet will not gain weight from peanuts. In fact, peanuts could help them lose weight.
Eating peanuts may help you live even longer. A large-scale study found that people who regularly ate any kind of nuts (including peanuts) were less likely to die from any cause than people who rarely ate nuts.
Lower risk of diabetes
Peanuts are a low-glycemic food, which means that they are consumed
Peanuts are rich in protein, fat and fiber. While peanuts can have a high amount of fat, most of the fats they contain are known as “good fats”. These types of fats actually help you lower your cholesterol level.
Peanuts are also an excellent source of:
- Vitamin E
Things to watch out for
While peanuts are a healthy food, not everyone can enjoy them. A peanut allergy is the most common food allergy in the United States, causing the majority of food allergy deaths.
A mild allergy to peanuts has symptoms such as hives, itching, nausea or swelling of the face. However, a severe peanut allergy can cause a life-threatening reaction known as anaphylaxis. Symptoms of anaphylaxis include breathing problems; nausea; seizure; chest pain; swelling of the tongue, face or lips; extreme drowsiness; and dizziness, confusion, or dizziness.
It is important to talk to a doctor if you have uncomfortable feelings while eating peanuts.
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