Peanuts are one of the most if not the most popular nuts in the United States. History tells us that Peanuts have been around for nearly 3,500 years. Widely considered that it was Europeans that discovered peanuts in South America and who helped spread the cultivation of peanuts throughout the world. Over the time people have realized its strong nutritional profile. Here are some benefits of Peanuts which you might already know.
1. Brilliant source of Biotin
Biotin is known to be beneficial for your physiological well-being. It is a key player in 10's of enzymatic reactions in the body which includes processes that regulate the expression of your genes. There have been a number of research suggesting that biotin can be beneficial for the treatment of diabetes and some brain conditions. Did you know biotin is essential for pregnant women as well? The daily recommended intake of biotin is around 30 micrograms per day.
2. Peanuts are an excellent source of Healthy monounsaturated Fats.
This has been up for debates ever since, that peanuts have high-fat content. However, the fats in peanuts, in fact, the heart-healthy type. Here is a simple break-up, peanuts contain 8-% unsaturated fat and 20% saturated fat, Which is very similar to olive oil. This type of profile is mostly monounsaturated fats which have been linked to lower cardiovascular risk.
Take it from us, a good amount of monounsaturated fats in your diet will promote the artery-clearing which lowers risks related to heart attack or stroke
3. Peanuts contain Anti-oxidants
Antioxidants are molecules that are known to neutralise free radicals, the cells in the body can take a hit if the molecules are unstable. Too much of free radical activity has been suggestive of a possible accelerator for the formation of tumorous cells, meaning if your intake of antioxidants is high, it lowers cancer risk.
4. Did you know Peanuts may help you against GallStones?
Certain people are at risk of gallstones, women, overweight people, people over 40 and those who have a high calorie based diet which includes refined carbohydrates. In a study conducted scientists have found that eating peanuts lowered the risk of gallstones by over 20%. Like all studies, it is unclear if peanuts help here but it is highly recommended.
5. Peanuts have copper in them.
Studies have suggested that even a low copper deficiency may lead to higher cardiovascular risks and consuming a good amount of copper may lower the levels of LDL cholesterol. Copper is often overlooked during dietary considerations but is essential for many physiological processes too like it plays an important part of enzymes that govern energy production and neural activity.
So that is all folks and yes, like you even we are surprised not to add proteins to this list. Hope you liked the article.
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