Are Peanuts Good For You?
Peanuts are a popular snack for many across the world, but are they actually good for you? Read on to find out more about their nutritional value and benefits.
Peanuts are grain legumes and are actually native to South America. Used to make peanut butter, peanut oil, non-dairy milk, and also simply eaten as a snack, it’s no wonder that over 46 million tonnes of peanuts were produced in 2018. Peanuts are regularly eaten in many countries around the world, particularly in Eastern Asia, Latin America and West Africa, where it is eaten both as a snack as well as made into traditional sauces and stews.
Do peanuts have nutritional value?
Despite the reputation they might have as not being good for you, peanuts actually have a good nutritional profile:
- They’re a great source of plant-based protein
- High in antioxidants
- Good source of minerals, including iron, magnesium and calcium
- Source of vitamins, including B vitamins
Are peanuts good for you?
Peanuts are often thought of as not being very healthy, but that’s not actually the case — in a balanced diet, it can be very good for you! It’s a great source of protein for those who are plant-based. People tend to steer clear of it as less than 30g has 160 calories and 16g of fat — however, they contain mono and polyunsaturated fats which are actually heart-healthy — it helps lower ‘bad’ cholesterol. They may even help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, according to this Harvard study.
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by Toni Olukiran
Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.