We eat peanuts as a snack, as a topping on cereal and salads, or spread them on bread in the form of peanut butter.
Not only do peanuts taste delicious, they also have a host of health benefits.
The term “peanut” can be a bit confusing. Strictly speaking, it is not a nut, but rather a legume. The peanut has nothing to do with almonds and other nuts.
However, the peanut is not only enjoyed as a snack, but is also particularly suitable for the production of peanut butter, peanut flour or peanut oil.
Read here why you should integrate these variants of peanuts into your daily nutrition plan.
The peanut has numerous benefits. For a positive effect, it is best to snack on them every day.
This is in 100 grams of peanuts:
This means that peanuts are very fatty and high in calories, but they are also healthy. The fat consists mainly of unsaturated fatty acids.
Due to the low carbohydrate content, the peanut is well suited for a low-carb diet. The protein helps you build and maintain muscle.
With a whopping 25 grams of protein per 100 grams, the peanut is one of the very protein-rich foods. In addition to the protein, the peanut contains other important minerals such as magnesium, iron, phosphorus, potassium and calcium, which support muscle building.
Peanuts contain numerous vitamins and minerals. The most important are biotin, copper, folic acid, magnesium, phosphorus and vitamin E.
Due to their high magnesium content, peanuts are very suitable as a snack during mentally strenuous work, because magnesium protects the nervous system from stress. Magnesium also ensures a deeper sleep.
Peanuts are healthy, but they are also high in fat. Can they still help you lose weight? Yes, you can.
Studies have found that eating peanuts can reduce the risk of obesity. In addition, peanuts fill you up quickly due to their high fiber content and thus ensure that fewer calories are consumed – this is also confirmed by an observational study from 2005.
The niacin in peanuts boosts metabolism and ensures a healthy nervous system.
Due to the numerous benefits of peanuts, they can also prevent diseases. They lower the risk of diabetes, heart attack and stroke.
An American study found that eating 15 grams a day is enough to improve heart health. Another study found that peanuts can lower high cholesterol. For this purpose, the subjects ate 56 grams of peanuts daily.
However, be careful not to eat too many peanuts a day, as peanuts are high in calories. 30 grams a day are ideal for achieving a positive effect on your health.
Also, be careful not to fall for unhealthy peanut snacks. Peanut flips, roasted peanuts and peanut candy bars usually contain a small amount of real peanuts, but all the more sugar and fat.
According to the Robert Koch Institute, around eight percent of adults in Germany are allergic to peanuts. In this case, of course, you should not eat peanuts.
Originally posted by FitForFun.