Peanuts are the most nutrient dense nuts
- Peanuts contain more protein than any other nut.
- An ounce of oil-roasted peanuts provides almost 8 grams of heart-healthy, cholesterol-free, plant-based protein.
- An ounce of oil-roasted salted peanuts is an excellent source of niacin and manganese and a good source of fiber, phosphorous, vitamin E, folate, copper, and magnesium.
Peanuts contain NUMEROUS BIOACTIVES
- Peanuts contain bioactives, which are plant substances found to offer health benefits possibly beyond vitamins and minerals.
- The known bioactives in peanuts and peanut butter are flavonoids, phenolic acids, phytosterols and resveratrol.
- Resveratrol has been linked to weight maintenance and decreased risk of cancer, diabetes, kidney disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
- Resveratrol is only found in a few foods, including peanuts, mulberries, grape skins and wine.
- Most of the resveratrol in peanuts is found in the skins. Southern-style boiled peanuts contain very high amounts of resveratrol.
Peanuts are an excellent source (>20% Daily Value) of:
Niacin helps the digestive system, skin and nerves to function. Niacin is also linked to reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Manganese helps form bones and metabolize the food we eat. Manganese can help alleviate symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
Peanuts are a Good source (10-19% Daily Value) of:
Fiber is a type of carbohydrate in plant-based foods that provides various health benefits, and over 1/3 of the carbohydrates in peanuts is from fiber.
Phosphorous helps with the formation of bones and teeth. Phosphorous also contributes to healthy kidney function, muscle contraction, normal heartbeat, and nerve signaling.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant and plays a role in the immune system. Vitamin E has been linked to prevention of heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia.
Folate is very important during pregnancy to prevent neural tube defects, such as spina bifida.
Copper works with iron to form red blood cells. Copper deficiency causes dysfunction of the immune and cardiovascular systems.
Magnesium plays a role in the prevention of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. It acts to maintain normal blood pressure, keep bones strong, and help regulate blood sugar levels.
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