Peanuts 101: Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits
Written by Atli Arnarson BSc, PhD on May 7, 2019
Peanuts (Arachis hypogaea) are a legume that originated in South America.
They go by a variety of names, such as groundnuts, earthnuts, and goobers.
Despite their name, peanuts are unrelated to tree nuts. As a legume, they’re related to beans, lentils, and soy.
In the United States, peanuts are rarely eaten raw. Instead, they are most often consumed roasted or as peanut butter.
Other peanut products include peanut oil, flour, and protein. These goods are used in a variety of foods, such as desserts, cakes, confectionery, snacks, and sauces.
Peanuts are rich in protein, fat, and various healthy nutrients. Studies show that peanuts may even be useful for weight loss and are linked to a reduced risk of heart disease.
This article tells you everything you need to know about peanuts.
Boiled peanuts are a traditional and healthy snack food eaten all across the country. They have all the health benefits of roasted peanuts, with more antioxidants.
In fact, boiled peanuts have nearly four times more antioxidant isoflavones than the other kinds of peanuts. A regular intake of such isoflavones may reduce your risk of cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
Here are some health benefits of eating boiled peanuts:
- Instant Energy:
A 1/2-cup of boiled peanuts has 286 calories, with 12 grams of protein, no cholesterol and 2 grams of natural sugar. If you get hunger pangs in between lunch and dinner, boiled peanuts can make a nutritious snack that keeps you energized, feeds your brain and muscles and helps to hold you over until your next meal.
- Contains Vitamins: