Peanuts Health Benefits, Nutrition and Seed Facts

Health Benefits of Eating Peanuts

Peanuts or groundnuts are a legume consumed by 90% of the household in the USA. The advantages and disadvantages of eating peanuts have always been debated by many. What are peanuts good for? Here are some of the peanuts health benefits
  • High in Antioxidants

    A scientific study done by University of Florida has confirmed that peanuts contain substantial amount of antioxidants. They are especially abundant in a polyphenol known as p-coumaric acid, which has powerful antioxidant properties. The researchers have also found that roasted peanuts even contain up to 22% more antioxidants than the unroasted ones.
  • Protect Your Heart

    Groundnuts have always been linked to saturated fat or bad fat. However, they are packed with even more unsaturated fats or good fats. 1 ounce of peanuts provides you with 2.0 g of unsaturated fat, but supplies 4.4 g of polyunsaturated fat and 7.0 of monounsaturated fat. The healthy fatty acids are loaded with great health effects on the cholesterol levels as well as the wellbeing of your heart. Diets enriched with unsaturated fats help prevent coronary heart and cardiovascular disease.
  • Promote Better Skins

    Vitamin E can be an excellent health purpose of eating peanuts. Every 100 g of the legume gives you 8 g of essential vitamin E. The vitamin is an important nutrient to get rid of harmful UV radiation. It avoids premature aging of skins and lower the risk of developing skin cancer.
  • Improve Memory

    Groundnuts are full of merits of vitamin B3. Every 100 g of the legume contributes around 85% of RDI for vitamin B3. The vitamin, which is also called niacin, is significant to maintain brain functions. It promotes blood flow to brain and is a useful nutrient to help fight Alzheimer's disease.
  • Other Health Facts of Peanuts

    Peanuts are a good source of minerals, especially manganese, which aids in regulating blood sugar. They also contain folate, which helps prevent birth defects. An amino acid known as tryptophan in peanuts is effective in enhancing mood and combat depression. 

Overview and Facts about Peanuts

Peanuts or Groundnuts; Whole and Shelled

The peanut (scientific name Arachis hypogaea) is not a nut. It is actually a type of legume. The annual plant is native to South America, with green leaves and yellow flowers.

Peanuts are called groundnuts in many parts of Africa. They have been an important source of protein in the region. The legume is pressed into peanut oil and consumed across the world. Besides, it is also made into peanut butter, a popular spread for all walks of life. Peanuts can be eaten plain, added to dishes or sprinkled on foods.

Peanut Nutrition Facts and Calories

Nutritional Information of 1 oz (28 g) Dry-Roasted Peanuts with Salt
Calories 166 kcal
Total Fat 14 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 230 mg
Total Carbohydrates 6 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Sugars 1 g
Protein 7 g


Peanut Recipe

Roasted Peanut Recipe

500 g uncooked peanuts, with shells

Preheat the oven 200C. On a baking sheet, spread the peanuts. Bake for 20 minutes or until the shells turn brown. Allow to cool before serving.

Peanut Side Effects

Excessive eating of peanuts will lead to unnecessary intake of saturated fats and calories, which are bad for your health.

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