Good tasting and good for you too
There's no question about it—peanuts are a marvelous source of nutrients. They're full of protein, with lower levels of saturated fat than animal protein. Peanuts provide nearly half of the vitamins necessary for the body's growth and many essential minerals. If you're looking to increase the amount of fiber in your diet, you can get an additional 2.4 grams in each one-ounce serving of peanuts. Don't just take our word for it; see what others have to say about the nutritional benefits of peanuts and peanut butter.
More Peanut Facts
- Peanuts and peanut butter are naturally cholesterol-free
- Current research supports a connection between a diet rich in plant foods like peanuts and reduced disease risk, especially heart disease and cancer
- Eating peanuts, peanut butter and nuts five or more times per week can cut heart disease risk by up to 50% based on a significant number of large population studies. These include Harvard's Nurses Study (British Medical Journal, 1998) and Loma Linda's Seven Day Adventist Study (Archives of Internal Medicine, 1992).
- One ounce of roasted peanuts contains 10% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI) level of folate. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich provides 18%. Studies have shown that folate consumption is associated with a lower risk of heart disease (Nurses Health Study, British Medical Journal, November 1998).
- One ounce of peanuts supplies 29% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI) level of Vitamin E. According to a study in the May 1996 New England Journal of Medicine, Vitamin E from food sources has been found to reduce the risk of heart disease.
- Peanuts contain resveratrol, a naturally occurring plant compound or phytochemical. Resveratrol's presence in red wine has been previously associated with reduced cardiovascular disease and has been credited as the factor in the "French Paradox" (despite a high-fat diet, the French have a surprisingly low rate of heart disease).
- Current research indicates that many of the minerals found in peanuts, which include copper, phosphorous, magnesium, iron, potassium, selenium, zinc and calcium, may have a protective effect regarding coronary heart disease
- The beneficial plant fat in peanuts, which is about 81% unsaturated (considered the "good" fat), can help lower cholesterol levels when it replaces saturated animal fat in the diet
- Based on the FDA's regulations about trans fat labeling, peanut butter may declare ZERO (0) trans fat
- Each one-ounce serving of peanuts contains 2.4 grams of dietary fiber
- Diets high in monounsaturated fats from foods like peanuts, peanut butter and olive oil are superior to low-fat diets for heart health according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, (December 1999).
- Diets high in monounsaturates improve the risk factors for cholesterol (including LDL and HDL) and triglycerides. They reduce heart disease risk by 20% versus only 12% for low fat diets.
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