Peanuts also known as groundnuts or goobers, are not actually a nut. They belong to the legume family and are closely related to lentils, beans and soy.
In the US, the peanuts are rarely consumed raw but are instead roasted and salted to eat as peanut butter.
Peanuts not only taste good but also pack nutrients which are good for your health.
A few of their health benefits are listed below.
Contrary to popular belief, peanuts can actually help in weightloss.
Peanuts contain half of their as protein. A high protein diet is known to improve satiety and reduce obsessive thoughts about food by 60%, ultimately lowering your calorie intake.
Peanuts are low in carbs and high in protein, fiber and fats which makes their glycemic index very low, a measure of how quickly carbs enter blood stream.
This makes peanuts a suitable diet for people with diabetes.
Peanuts are a great source of magnesium, with 100g containing 42% of daily magnesium requirement.
The highest level of magnesium in the body is within the heart specially in the left ventricular. Magnesium works with calcium to support proper blood pressure levels and prevent hypertension.
Peanuts are also a good source of potassium. Recent studies suggest that a diet high in potassium may equally be important in lowering bloodpressure as a low sodium one.
Being an ample source of magnesium, peanuts help relax the intestinal wall and helps the stool pass through the intestines.
Peanuts are also loaded with fiber which bulks up the stools and make their passage through the intestines alot more easier.