Peanuts are small oval shaped kernels in their veined brown shell. Peanuts contain high quality plant protein. When comparing peanuts to similar foods, peanuts have more protein than any other legume or nut. They are filled with nutrients and anti-oxidants.
Nutrition of Peanuts
Peanuts are an important source of essential minerals such as magnesium, copper, phosphorus, potassium and zinc, and a good source of vitamin, especially B9. Peanuts contain mostly beneficial monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Around 28gm of peanuts contain 16% of your daily need of vitamin E. Peanuts contain small amount of calcium and vitamin D. Due of their high protein content and chemical profile, peanuts are processed into a variety of different forms, including butter, oil, flour, and flakes.
Health Benefits of Peanuts
Whole peanuts contains high amount of protein, which makes it a preferred diet of those people who are weak and underweight and for those doing body-building.
Peanut is a good source enzymes which protects the heart during the period when their is lack of oxygen .
Peanuts contain high concentrations of antioxidant poly-phenols. Roasting peanuts increases its poly-phenols acid levels, increasing the anti oxidant level by up to 20%.
Roasted peanuts rival the antioxidant content of blackberries and strawberries, and are far richer in antioxidants than apples, carrots or beets.
Peanuts’ high niacin content helps in the recovery of cell damage provides protection against Alzheimer’s disease and age-related cognitive problem.
Peanut contain vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that is shown to significantly reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
Peanut contain iron which is essential for the correct functioning of red blood cells.
Peanut is rich in calcium which helps promotes healthy bones.
Peanuts’ fiber content helps lower the risk of colon cancer, an ounce of peanuts contains 2 grams of fiber.
Peanut helps to accelerate the growth of male and female hormones.