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Peanuts: Health benefits of Peanuts

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The peanut, also known as the groundnut and the goober and taxonomically classified as Arachis hypogaea, is a legume crop grown mainly for its edible seeds.

Peanuts, are considered a very healthy snack.Peanuts are actually legumes, but since they have all the properties of nuts like almonds, cashew nuts, etc., these are also included in the family of nuts.
Although small in size it plays a vital nutritional role and contains amazing health benefits.

Benefits 

1. Rich in Energy:

Peanuts contain vitamins, minerals, nutrients and anti-oxidants and thus are rich energy sources

2. Cholesterol:

It lowers bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol in the body. Peanuts contain mono-unsaturated fatty acids especially oleic acid that prevents coronary diseases.

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3. Growth:

Peanuts are rich in proteins. The amino acids present in them are good for proper growth and development of body

5. Fights against Heart Diseases, Nerves Diseases, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Infections:

A poly-phenolic anti-oxidant, Resveratrol present in peanuts prevents heart diseases, cancers, nervous diseases and viral or fungal infections efficiently

6. Reduces the Chances of Stroke:

The anti-oxidant, Resveratrol in peanuts prevents heart strokes by increasing the production of nitric oxide

7. Anti-oxidants:

Peanuts contain anti-oxidants in high concentrations These anti-oxidants become more active when peanuts are boiled. There is a 2-fold increase in Biochanin-A and 4-fold increase in Genistein content. These reduce the damage done by free radicals produced in the body.

8. Protects Skin:

Vitamin E in peanuts helps in maintaining the integrity of cells of mucous membrane and the skin. This protects them from free radicals which cause great damage

9. Vitamins:

Peanuts contain B complex, vitamins like niacin, riboflavin, thiamin, vitamin B6, vitamin B9, pantothenic acid etc

10. Minerals:

Potassium, manganese, copper, calcium, magnesium, iron, selenium and zinc are some of the minerals present in peanuts. These play an important role in many different body functions

11. Gall Stones:

Just an ounce of peanuts or two tablespoons of peanut butter each week can save you from gall stones or gallbladder diseases with 25% reduced risk. This amazing health benefit of peanuts keeps all the diseases at bay

12. Low Risk of Weight Gain:

Women who eat peanuts or peanut butter at least twice a week are less likely to be susceptible to obesity than those who don’t. If you eat peanut butter every morning with bread slices, you have less chances of gaining weight

13. Colon Cancer:

Peanuts can reduce colon cancer especially in women. Eating at least 2 spoons of peanut butter twice a week can reduce the risk of colon cancer in women by up to 58% and in men by up to 27%. This is one of the best benefits of peanuts for women

14. Helps in Fertility:

If taken before and during early pregnancy, the folic acid lowers the risk of baby being born with serious neural tube defects reduced by up to 70%

15. Regulates Blood Sugar

Manganese in peanuts helps in calcium absorption, fats and carbohydrates metabolism and sugar level regulation in blood

16. Fights Depression:

Low Serotonin levels leads to depression. Tryptophan in peanuts increases the release of this chemical and thus helps you fight depression

Eating peanut benefits health in many ways and you should make it a point to take in a minimum of two tablespoons of peanut butter each week in order to keep those dangerous diseases away and stay healthy.

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