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6 Reasons Why Snacking on Peanuts Can Be Beneficial to Your Health

Peanuts have been declared a superfood for good reason. They’re full of vitamins and minerals contained in a tidy little package that’s easy to pop when you’re feeling the urge for a quick snack between meals. But did you know that snacking on them also comes with some added benefits? Below are some of the major benefits of regularly consuming peanuts and peanut-derived products:
Peanuts are good for you!
Peanuts Can Help You Lose Weight 
They’re chock-full of fiber and protein, which keeps you feeling full and sated for longer. As such, they’re an excellent way to manage the hunger pangs that have you reaching for chips or sweets. They also increase your metabolic rate as well as help stabilize your blood sugar. If snacking on peanuts whole doesn’t happen to be your thing, you can get all the benefits without any of the chewing by drinking a glass of milked peanuts or getting them from another source, such as peanut flour or peanut butter.

Peanuts Are a Great Source of Biotin
Biotin is a water soluble vitamin which can help convert certain nutrients you absorb through food into energy. It also helps keep your hair, skin, and nails healthy and strong. Research also suggests that getting enough biotin is vital for pregnant women, in order to reduce the risk of congenital birth defects in the fetus.
Peanut-derived products are heart-healthy, too.
Peanuts Are a Heart-Healthy Food
Peanuts are rich in monounsaturated fats, which have been known to lower your risk towards cardiovascular ailments. These monounsaturated fats help clear the arteries and keep your blood flowing strong and healthy. In a study conducted in 2017, it was found that regular consumption of peanuts led to a 15% reduction in the risk for coronary heart disease in a sample size of 200,000 participants.

Peanuts Are Rich in Antioxidants
Antioxidants are molecules that combat free radicals, which cause cellular damage. Excessive free radicals have been linked to cancer, which means that getting your antioxidants in is essential to reducing your risk towards certain cancers. Peanuts contain many of the same powerful antioxidants present in red wine, notably resveratrol. You don’t have to pop peanuts on the daily to boost your resveratrol intake, either—you can drink peanuts in the form of all-natural milked nuts, just as you would with wine.
Peanut Bars, anyone?
Photo credit: Betty Crocker.
Peanuts Are Nutrient-Rich Powerhouses
Niacin, folate, thiamin, and riboflavin are only a few of the nutrients you can get from a serving of peanuts. They’re also rich in vitamins B6 and E, pantothenic acid and choline, as well as essential minerals such as magnesium and potassium, among others. Niacin and vitamin E in particular are nutrients that help protect you from Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline due to advanced age.

Peanuts Can Lower Your Risk of Developing Gallstones
Gallstones are small, hard, crystalline masses that form in the gallbladder or bile ducts as abnormalities. Certain individuals are at a higher risk for it: women, those who are obese or overweight, people aged 40 and up. An unhealthy diet composed mainly of refined carbohydrates and calories can also increase your risk of developing gallstones. Consuming at least one serving of peanuts per day can lower your risk of them forming by up to 25%.

So the next time you have an urge to snack on chips or other types of junk food, you might want to consider eating a handful of peanuts instead. Aside from being a tasty treat that can stave off those hunger pangs, the health benefits that they bring are a much appreciated bonus that no one can deny.

15 replies:

Joanna said...

I didn't know that peanuts had so many health benefits. I know that they are great to snack on, especially when you are on a diet.

Chad said...

I love peanuts, thank God i don't have any peanut allergies. Amazing health benefits.

Nigell L. said...

Absolutely love peanuts but not peanut butter. Not sure why. Love this article.

Unknown said...

I totally didn't need any reasons but now that I have 'em... I'm even more all in than I was before on peanuts as snacks!

Tasha from Lady Boss Studio said...

I love this! Peanuts and peanut butter are my favs so it's nice to see all the health benefits they offer!

Adriana Lately said...

Yes!! Peanuts are so healthy for you! they have amazing health benefits. I love almonds.

Unknown said...

I love me some peanuts. I try to have them in moderation because I’ll break out if I don’t.

Emmeline said...

Loved this post! Didn’t know most of these things about peanuts!

thatdogmomma said...

I’ve never been a fan of eating just peanuts but I do love peanut butter and especially peanut butter cookies lol.

Brie said...

I actually haven't eaten peanuts in so long. But they have so many health benefits, maybe I'll buy a grip of them haha

Jayne said...

Wow! That's a lot of benefits! I love peanuts so that is really good to hear :)

rebecca sanchez said...

I didnt know about these things until now, such an informative article tha kyou for sharing

Alexandra Cook said...

Oh my! I love peanuts. I never thought that we can have lot of benefits eating it. Thank you for sharing this.

Lydia Smith said...

I love peanuts and everyone should incorporate them in their diet. They have so many benefits. Thanks for reminding us.

Woodeline said...

I hate chip. I literally eat peanuts snacks a lot, and they always part of my shopping list. I knew some of the benefits but thie list is way more than I expected.