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Peanuts

peanutsDelicious, crunchy, and nutty peanuts are one of the popular oil seeds known to humankind since centuries. They pack a serious nutritional punch and offer a variety of health benefits.

Peanuts, Arachis hypogaea is a legume species, and native to South America, Mexico and Central America, also popularly known as groundnuts,monkey nuts, pig nuts.GAB_9085_resPeanuts grow in a very fascinating manner. They actually start out as an above ground flower that, due to its heavy weight, bends towards the ground. The flower eventually burrows underground, which is where the peanut actually matures.

The veined brown shell or pod of the peanut contains two or three peanut kernels. Each oval-shaped kernel or seed is comprised of two off-white lobes that are covered by a brownish-red skin. Peanuts have a hardy, buttery and “nutty” taste.GAB_9075_res

Here are some of the most well-known health benefits of Peanuts:

  • Rich in energy – Peanuts contain vitamins, minerals, nutrients and anti-oxidants and thus are rich energy sources.
  • It lowers bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol in the body – Peanuts contain mono-unsaturated fatty acids especially oleic acid that prevents coronary diseases.
  • Are good for proper growth and development of body – Peanuts are rich in proteins
  • Fights Stomach Cancer.
  • Fights against Heart Diseases, Nerves Diseases, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Infections.
  • Reduces the Chances of Stroke.
  • Protects Skin.
  • Contain B complex, vitamins like niacin, riboflavin, thiamin, vitamin B6, vitamin B9, pantothenic acid etc.
  • Contain Potassium, manganese, copper, calcium, magnesium, iron, selenium and zinc, etc.GAB_9076_res
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38 thoughts on “Peanuts”

  1. Funny you should write about peanuts. I have just been to Vanuatu were I saw them, still on their green asparagus-like stems, being sold in the produce markets. All the cab drivers offer them, on the bunch, to their passengers. Will be putting up a post today at annabuckley.com

  2. They really sound like a superfood! Thanks so much for the info. I eat lots of them in a raisin and nut mix everyday, so I am pleased to hear how healthy they are.

  3. My daddy use to grow peanuts and my brother-in-law still does. I love them freshly pulled up out of the ground green and earthy! Love all the facts. Thanks for sharing! It brought back lots of memories of growing up on the farm.

  4. I had stop at the second bullet point and get some to munch – luckily I bought a large bag today. We absolutely love peanuts in an Asian noodle slaw I make regularly, good to know that they are so super healthy & beneficial!
    Nicole

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