March is Peanut Month
Am I the only one who can eat Peanut Butter by the spoonful? Peanuts are not only awesome in the butter form but they make a great snack. Here’s some nutritional reasons for you to include these legumes in your diet.
1. Peanuts are rich in energy with healthy minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for optimal health.
2. The contain oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid which can help lower LDL, the “bad” cholesterol and increase HDL or the “good” cholesterol.
3. They are a great source of protein composed of a amino acids essential for growth and development.
4. They contain polyphenols, antioxidants, which can help fight against cancer.
5. They are a great source of Vitamin E which is an antioxidant which helps maintain the integrity of the mucosa and skin by protecting from free radicals.
6. They contain many important B vitamins.
7. They contain trace minerals necessary for our health such as copper, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, zinc, and selenium.
A word of caution.
- Peanuts are notoriously easy to overeat. You can get all these nutrients in just a handful!
- Always eat roasted or boiled peanuts. Peanuts are a crop easily susceptible to mold infection, especially by Aspergillus flavus which produces aflatoxin which is a potent and dangerous carcinogen.
- Eat organic if possible.
- Obviously, don’t consume if you have a known peanut allergy.
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