There is ongoing debate on whether peanuts are good or bad for your weight loss,being overweight myself and a peanuts lover i had this debate going on for a long time in my head.After doing research and with my own experience i decided to write this article about the health benefits of peanuts.
In weight loss what matters is the calories you intake and not where they came from.It does not matter if you want to loose 2 pounds or 100 pounds,to lose weight you need to take less calories than you burn.
What i can say eating peanuts daily is good for your health and in this article i am to outline some of the health benefits of peanuts.
Health Benefits of peanuts:
Protein and fiber
Peanuts improve satiety and help maintain weight loss. Several studies have found that eating small amounts of nuts helps dieters lose weight; when nuts were allowed in their eating plans, they did not feel deprived.
Peanuts are abundant in the vitamins niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, thiamin, riboflavin, choline, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin E and rich in minerals like magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, iron, copper, manganese and selenium.
Studies have found eating peanuts five times a week decreased heart disease and reduced the risk of diabetes, gallbladder disease and colorectal cancer.
Peanuts have been found to contain the potent antiaging molecule resveratrol, the same phytochemical found in red wine and grapes. Studies have shown that resveratrol can fight the proliferation of fat cells and improve the uptake of sugar from the blood. The resveratrol in peanuts is found in the seed itself and the skin.
When postmenopausal women with high cholesterol were fed a low-fat diet that included healthy fats from peanuts, their cholesterol improved. The phytosterols that peanuts contain have been shown to reduce cholesterol.
The health benefits are not limited to just the peanut itself. Peanut oil and fat-free peanut flour have been shown, in hamster studies, to significantly lower cholesterol and have heart-protective effects.