Peanuts come in many forms, my personal favourite being peanut butter. Even though they have a healthy nutritional profile, peanuts are very calorie-dense food, so it’s good to enjoy them in moderation (this includes peanut butter, unfortunately). Peanuts are rich in; phosphorus, potassium, B vitamins and magnesium, just to name a few. Due to its mixture of healthy fats, peanuts are perfect for helping the consumer feel fuller for longer, making peanuts a healthy go-to snack that provides more long-term benefits.
Since peanuts come in a number of different forms, how do you know which is the best for you? Well, raw peanuts are usually the best way to go because there are limited additives. If you’re buying roasted or salted peanuts, keep in mind that consuming too much sodium has been linked to high blood pressure, so try eating such forms in moderation.
When possible, choose raw peanuts with the skin still on, since the skin of peanuts contains antioxidants which help protect the body’s cells from free radical damage.
Always remember to enjoy peanuts and peanut butter in moderation as snacks throughout the day, or make them a crunchy addition to your salad. Here are some health benefits of peanuts:
Aids in weight loss
Boosts heart health
Can help manage blood sugar levels
Reduces the risk of breast disease
Please keep in mind that one very common allergy is a peanut allergy which is caused when a person’s body mistakenly identifies peanut proteins as something harmful. Direct or indirect contact can cause life-threatening symptoms to someone who may be allergic. If you are allergic to peanuts please be mindful that these benefits may not apply in your particular case and please consult a doctor before consuming any type of nut to identify the risk factors.