A Mountain Of Healthy Goodness
- Rich in Vitamins, Minerals and Fibre
Peanuts supply a staggering fifty percent of the vitamins and 35 of the minerals essential for growth and health.
Some say that serious concentration is easier for thirty minutes after eating peanuts. This may be wishful thinking, but it is a fact that peanuts are an excellent source of both protein and B vitamins (B1, B6, B12), which boost circulation and production of red blood cells, making them a true brain food.
From every mouthful of peanuts our bodies can extract enough energy to keep us active in our busy lives. As well as containing more protein than any other legume, peanuts also provide our daily requirements of vitamin E, niacin, thiamin (vitamin B1), copper, phosphorous, magnesium iron, as well as other essential minerals like folic acid, zinc and selenium.
Peanuts are naturally cholesterol-free and good for the heart too. Studies that suggest that two or three servings of nuts every day can help lower bad cholesterol (LDL) without lowering good cholesterol (HDL).
We don’t usually think of peanuts as diet foods, but their unique combination of fiber, monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats can help you feel full faster and keep you feeling that way longer. And did you know that just one serving (25 g) of peanuts contains more fiber than a bowl of brown rice?
- Making Life Less Risky
Eating peanuts regularly will reduce your risk of heart attack. After eating just 300g your risk of cardiovascular disease falls by a whopping 21 percent because peanuts contain unsaturated fat, which is much better for heart health than saturated fat.
Peanuts are the plant world’s richest source of arginine, which helps to decrease the risks of contracting respiratory infections like tuberculosis, and they contain phyto-chemicals and anti-oxidents, both of which reduce the risks of developing cancer. And it’s good to know the humble peanut with its low glycemic content can protect you and your children against the rising tide of diabetes too.