Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Health Benefits of Peanuts

To those of you who loves peanuts and have no allergies to it, well enjoy yourself with a bonus of good health. Received this email from someone who can be considered knowledgable in this field.

With peanut allergies on the rise, more and more people are steering clear of these nuts altogether. There's no arguing that peanut allergies can be extremely serious, and if you are allergic, you should certainly stay away from them. But if you're not, you may want to take a second look at peanuts.

They're a great source of protein. And they're also extraordinarily high in polyphenols -- the Arnold Schwarzenegger of the antioxidant family. Yes, peanuts are high in fat. But now we know that, like avocados, they are high in the "good" kind -- monounsaturated fat. They also contain magnesium, folate, vitamin E, copper, arginine, and fiber -- all of which are known to lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

Another one of peanuts' virtues is that they contain high amounts of resveratrol. Studies have shown that resveratrol can inhibit the growth of colorectal tumor cells. Since the other primary source for this compound is red wine, it's a challenge for people who don't drink alcohol to get enough.

Roasting actually increases the antioxidant content in peanuts by up to 22 percent. Since most people prefer roasted nuts, this is a great discovery. Here are some tips for getting as much benefit as possible from peanuts:
  • Instead of eating peanuts doused with too much salt, combine the roasted, unsalted variety with dried fruits for a tasty snack that is also packed full of polyphenols and other antioxidants.
  • Make sure you buy natural peanut butter that doesn't contain added sugar.
  • Look for brands made from roasted, organic peanuts, since conventionally grown peanuts tend to have high pesticide content.
  • And if you'd like to indulge your inner child who still yearns for an occasional PB&J, try natural peanut butter with sliced banana and drizzled with some honey. Believe me, you won't miss the jelly (or the refined sugar it contains) one bit.


  1. eh your 'peanut' spelling in the title....

  2. ooopps....thanks for the heads up! :P

  3. Good to know I've been doing at least one thing right on the food front for my whole life. Thanks for this Shern

  4. hahaha...i believe you've done more right stuff in your lifetime... :)