Thursday, March 14, 2013
Despite being high in fat, peanuts are still an excellent food choice because they provide a variety of important nutrients. They contain protein, fiber, and healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which all improve health and lower the risk of chronic disease.
In a study conducted with over 15,000 peanut consumers, it was determined that people who ate peanuts had higher levels of vitamin A, vitamin E, folate, magnesium, zinc, iron, calcium, and dietary fiber than people who did not eat peanuts.
Peanuts are high in arginine, an amino acid that is a precursor to nitric oxide, which helps decrease blood pressure. They contain resveratrol which improves longevity and performance as well as reduces inflammation. Peanuts also have phytosterols that work to lower cholesterol and may inhibit cancer development.
Research has shown that peanuts are able to decrease lipid levels and may reduce inflammation, which is a cause of chronic disease. And, researchers have also found that mortality decreases as the frequency of eating nuts like peanuts increases.
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