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If you have a peanut allergy, look away now!
Once shunned by dieters and 90s-era fat-phobes, nuts in general are now touted as a health-promoting and even diet-friendly food. Over the past few years, researchers have discovered several specific properties of nuts that help lower cholesterol, protect against heart disease, and improve blood vessel function. These discoveries led the FDA to issue a “qualified health claim” in 2003 stating: “Eating a diet that includes one ounce of nuts daily can reduce your risk of heart disease.”
Technically speaking, peanuts are not nuts, but in fact part of the legume family. However, their nutritional properties are so similar to real nuts that they are commonly referred to as nuts.
Peanuts contain high levels of healthy fats, a moderate amount of carbohydrates and are packed with protein. They also packed with vitamins and minerals like magnesium, folate, vitamin E, B, copper, arginine, magnesium, potassium and fiber. Some of the benefits of consuming peanuts include protecting the body from cancer and viruses, heart disease, helping maintain healthy skin, and hair, as well as healthy muscle tone.
If you want to experience the benefits of peanuts, without any of the drawbacks, don’t consume more than 1.5 ounces (a quarter cup) of peanuts a day and choose unsalted, dry-roasted peanuts. And if you’re consuming it in the form of peanut butter, try making it at home, without any added ingredients!