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Peanuts are one of the most versatile, tasty, and convenient snacks. It could be eaten as a “stand-alone” treat or could be served as a filling to breads as peanut butter. It could also be mixed with other types of nuts like cashew, peas, and beans to create a variety of snacking. But, most importantly, peanuts are packed with nutrients necessary to fuel the healthy body.

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Peanuts are one of the most versatile, tasty, and convenient snacks. It could be eaten as a “stand-alone” treat or could be served as a filling to breads as peanut butter. It could also be mixed with other types of nuts like cashew, peas, and beans to create a variety of snacking. But, most importantly, peanuts are packed with nutrients necessary to fuel the healthy body.

Peanut 101
Peanuts, otherwise known as "groundnuts", are considered legume rather than nuts. Peanuts are the hard-nutlike seed of Arachis Hypogaea L., an annual herbaceous vine of the pea family Leguminosae, indigenous to South America and oftentimes believed to have originated in Bolivia.

Health Benefits
Peanuts reduce risk of heart disease and cancer. Peanuts have resveratol, a natural occurring plant compound or phytochemical, which shields the plants from diseases. Resveratol is also found in red wine, which is deemed responsible for the prevention of heart diseases in wine drinkers. Based from various studies, resveratol serves as a protection against atherosclerosis since it prevents the oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol in the blood. It also prevents platelet accumulation in the arteries. Such responses lessen the risks of heart diseases. Moreover, it thwarts the spread of cancer due to its plant chemical compound called plytosterols.

Contains Zero Cholesterol
Peanuts are a good alternative snack to health-conscious individuals since it contains zero cholesterol. They also have nearly 80% of unsaturated (good) fat content, which lessens the level of LDL (bad) cholesterol. Aside from these, peanuts are also rich in fiber, important for food sustenance. It also gives the feeling of “fullness” as shown in one study. Result of this study illustrated that participants who ate peanuts are tolerable to hunger for two and half hours compared to those who ate other snacks whose tolerance have lasted only for one hour and a half. For these reasons, peanuts are medically-recommended for weight loss and diabetic diets.

Excellent Vitamin and Minerals Source
Peanuts are a good source of vitamins and minerals. The essential vitamins found in it are Vitamin E, Niacin, Thiamin (B1), B6, & Riboflavin (B2). Likewise vital minerals includes, Magnesium, Copper, Phosphorous, Potassium, Zinc, Iron, & Calcium.

Be healthy, be happy, eat peanuts!


Sources:
The Peanut Institute - http://www.peanut-institute.org/
American Peanut Council - http://www.peanutusa.com/
Beer Nuts - http://www.beer-nuts.com/
American Dietetic Association - http://www.eatright.org/
Acne.Com - http://www.acne.com/


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