Benefits of Peanuts on Human Health
Peanut butter sandwiches. Salted shelled peanuts. Unshelled, unsalted. However you like to eat your peanuts, there's no denying that these wonderful little legumes are a healthy choice in the diet. The benefits of peanuts are amazing as they are high in unsaturated fats (healthy fats), which are essential for a healthy diet.
Weekly servings of peanuts might reduce a person's risk of developing heart disease by forty percent. An study by Rui Jiang in 2002 found that five weekly servings of peanut butter might reduce risk of developing Type II Diabetes by twenty one percent. The health benefits of regular peanut consumption are endless considering the many nutrients they pack.
People typically try to avoid eating nuts because they consider them a fatty food. However, peanuts are full of mono-unsaturated fats, which are beneficial to health. Mono-unsaturated fats are "good fats" in that they decrease risk of cardiovascular disease and lower the noxious LDL's responsible for transporting cholesterol to the arteries.
Diets consisting of "good fats" control weight better than low fat diets, thus making peanuts a great source for weight management.
Peanuts are rich in vitamin E, folate, Niacin, vitamin B6, riboflavin, potassium and zinc. Peanuts are rich in almost all minerals. They contain excellent levels of manganese, copper and magnesium and are a very good source of iron, phosphorous, selenium and tryptophan. They punch a big pack of vitamins and minerals for improved health!
They are also rich in antioxidant content. It is a good idea to combine peanuts with fruits for the healthiest, most satisfying snack to boost antioxidant content. Roasting peanuts is a great way to increase the overall antioxidant content because it increases the level of acid in the nuts. Beware of adding salt though!
The best approach is to reap the health benefits of eating nuts but not add excessive calories to your daily intake. So instead of simply adding nuts to your diet, eat them in replacement of foods that are high in saturated fats and limit your intake of these tasty treats to 1 to 2 oz per day . For instance, instead of adding chocolate chips when making cookies, sprinkle on some nuts. Or instead of making a meat sandwich, try a nut butter toast.
As you can see, peanuts contain many health benefits valuable to the human body. Remember to eat peanuts in moderation as their high protein content can contribute to weight gain. Combine unsalted peanuts with a bowl of fruit or other mixed nuts and enjoy the amazing taste this little nut provides. While we enjoy that peanut butter sandwich, contemplate the health benefits that it's providing to the inside of your body.
Feroz Ahmed Bawany goal is to increase my knowledge and to understand the only civilized creations of Almighty Lord are HUMAN. He is a regular contributer to TRCB.com.
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