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!
Health Benefits of Peanuts
- Whole peanuts contains high amount of protein, which makes it a
preferred diet of those people engaged in body-building and those people who
are weak and underweight. The raw peanut butter with crushed skin contains
much higher amounts of nutrient than refined "nut-only" butter.
- Peanut is a good source of Coenzyme Q10 which protects the heart during
the period of lack of oxygen example high altitudes and clogged arteries.
- Peanuts contain high concentrations of antioxidant polyphenols,
primarily a compound called p-coumaric acid. Roasting peanuts increases its
p-coumaric acid levels, boosting it overall antioxidant content by as much
as 22%. Roasted peanuts rival the antioxidant content of blackberries and
strawberries, and are far richer in antioxidants than apples, carrots or
- Unsalted peanuts are good for your arteries. One quarter cup of peanuts
contains as much monunsaturated fat as a tablespoon of olive oil.
Monounsaturated fats have been shown to lower blood cholesterol.
- Peanuts' high niacin content helps in the recovery of cell damage
provides protection against Alzheimer's disease and age-related cognitive
- Peanut contain vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that is shown to
significantly reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
- Peanut contain iron which is essential for the correct functioning of
red blood cells.
- Peanut is rich in calcium which helps promotes healthy bones.
- Peanut has higher bioflavonoid resveratrol content than grapes. This
bioflavonoid is believed to improve blood flow in the brain by as much as
30%, thus greatly reducing the risk of stroke. Study showed that by adding
even small amounts of peanut products to the diet can reduce LDL (bad)
cholesterol by 14%.
- Peanuts' fiber content helps lower the risk of colon cancer, an ounce of
peanuts contains 2 grams of fiber.
- Peanut helps to accelerate the growth of male and female hormones.