Thursday, January 1, 2015

Peanuts and their Health Benefits


Health Benefits of Peanuts and Peanut Butter

Peanuts are rich in monounsaturated fats. This legume is a big ally for a healthy heart. Peanuts and peanut butter decreases cardiovascular disease risk by an estimated 21% .
Peanuts promote heart health. Peanuts are also a good sources of vitamin E, niacin, folate, protein and manganese. Also, peanuts provide resveratrol, the phenolic antioxidant also found in
red grapes and red wine.

Peanuts contain oleic acid, the healthful fat found in olive oil as well as antioxidants found in many fruits. Peanuts contain high concentrations of antioxidant polyphenols,  a compound called p-coumaric acid, and that roasting can increase peanuts' p-coumaric acid levels, boosting their overall antioxidant content by 22%. Several nuts , suggests nut's high antioxidant content may be key to their cardio-protective benefits.

Resveratrol is a flavonoid found to be present in peanuts. This improves blood flow in the brain by as much as 30%, thus greatly reducing the risk of stroke.

Eating peanuts just 2 or more times each week was associated with a 58% lowered risk of colon cancer in women and a 27% lowered risk in men.

Women who eat least 1 ounce of nuts, peanuts or peanut butter each week have a 25% lower risk of developing gallstones. That's just 2 tablespoons.

Those getting the most niacin from foods were 70% less likely to have developed Alzheimer's disease, and their rate of age-related cognitive decline was significantly less. One way to boost your niacin is to snack on a handful of peanut - just 1/4 cup.

Also those who eat nuts at least twice a week are less likely to gain weight than those who almost never eat nuts.

As always, thanks for stopping by. We love our visitors. Be well, be blessed and have a great day! Love, Mary


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