Nuts are a superfood that contains many essential nutrients that our body needs, but what about peanuts ? well first off a fact that may surprise you is that peanuts aren’t actually nuts they are pulses that belong in the legume family. They are a great source of protein for vegetarians/vegans and a good source of vitamins/minerals. Here we will take a closer look at the benefits of peanuts and some of the drawbacks:
The Benefits Of Peanuts
- Peanuts contain a bunch of fibre/protein that will keep you satiated and satisfied for a long time, reducing the amount of food you eat that often leads to weight loss.
- Because peanuts contain a low glycemic index after you eat them your blood sugar will be stabilised, this will provide you with longer lasting energy and stop you from craving other bad foods.
- Peanuts can increase your metabolic rate.
- It decreases your risk of cardiovascular disease by 21-30% and this can be done by routinely replacing your other snacks with peanuts (around 4 times a week eat a handful of peanuts). One study also showed that frequent nut consumption is associated with diabetic (type 2) women having a lower risk of CVD.
- It also protects you from getting coronary heart disease. Additionally, peanuts contain many nutrients that have been shown to promote heart health such as vitamin E, niacin, manganese and folate specifically.
- Peanuts especially if it’s roasted contain the same amount of antioxidants or in some cases even more compared to other fruits/vegetables. This is because peanuts have a compound in them called p-coumaric acid that when roasted boosts their overall antioxidant content by as much as 25%.
So as you can see eating peanuts have many benefits to your health and if your goal is to lose weight then there really is no reason not to incorporate peanuts into your diet since it’s super satisfying and cardio protective.
The Drawbacks Of Peanuts
Peanuts don’t have many drawbacks of course unless you are allergic to nuts, but there are still a few things that you should be aware of…
Oxalates are naturally occurring organic acids and if you have certain medical conditions such as calcium oxalate kidney stone formation then foods high in oxalates like peanuts should be greatly restricted from your diet.
Peanuts are very easily contaminated by pesticides and the only way to avoid this for sure is to get the organic version of the peanuts.
If the peanuts you buy haven’t been stored correctly (dry/cool environment) then it is susceptible to a fungal attack by aflatoxin which when consumed can cause you to have lowered intelligence and mental retardation. If you are unsure whether your peanuts have been stored correctly then you can always roast them at home in the oven (15-20 minutes) to eliminate most of the fungal invasions.
Omega 3 And 6 Unbalancing
Peanuts are higher in omega sixes than threes so eating too many peanuts will unbalance the ratio of these fats within your body. The problem with having excessive amounts of omega 6 is that it promotes many diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, auto immune diseases and inflammatory diseases. So if you like to eat a lot of nuts then make sure you have a diet that is also rich in omega 3 fats. Fish oils contain a very high amount of omega 3 fats and taking just 1 fish oil pill a day will have you fully covered with the omega 3/6 balancing: Click Here For More On Fish Oils
To sum up peanuts are definitely good for you and your health, but you should still be aware that they contain a lot of calories so if your main goal is to lose fat have no more than a handful of peanuts 4 times a week because that will keep your calorie consumption low while still being able to reap the peanuts many health benefits. Finally, if you have anymore questions about peanuts then leave it in the form of a comment below.