Benefits of Peanut

Benefits of Peanut

What are the health benefits of eating peanuts?

Peanut which belongs to Leguminosae has many uses starting from the plant down to its roots.

It was in the early 20th century that the demand escalated due to its versatility use in culinary, industrial, and back to agriculture. They are easy to plant, grow, and harvest which has a growing cycle of four to five months depending on the type that is used.

Health Benefits:

Ready to use therapeutic food has peanut base due to its high calorie, protein, several vitamins, and other dietary minerals per serving. Because of this, organizations such as UNICEF use this to fight famine in remote areas in some countries.

Peanuts are an ideal hunger suppressant for those people who want to lose weight. That is why it’s popular but there might be some flaw to this if the person is not counting his calorie intake. It offers you the B vitamins, increase your energy with its high kcal, prevent muscle spasm and cramps, and help the body to effectively absorb protein and good fat making peanuts a perfect pre and post workout food.

Body builders most used confectionary or add-on in their meal are peanuts or peanut butter because of its high protein content that can help in muscle development.

Peanut helps lower the chance of heart disease because it has more good fats (Monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated) and can help lower cholesterol due to its low saturated fat. Studies have proven that regular peanut consumption helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease without weight gain, though you should stay away from salted peanuts.

Culinary Uses:

China is one of the countries that have incorporated peanuts to many of its different delicious dishes while it is more commonly eaten after boiled and for snack in other countries.

Peanuts also yield oil which is considered to be one of the best vegetable oil that can be use. It maintains the good fats, resistant to spoiling, and taste good.

The “Peanut Cake”, after the processing, can be used in different confectionary such candies and other sweets.

Industrial Uses:

While peanut shells can be used as abrasives, fire starter, and other stuff. The peanuts that are not suitable for food consumption are processed for oil productions and are used for manufacturing and other industrial use such as an ingredient in paint, varnish, lubricating oil and much more.

Cosmetic Uses:

Peanut oil, because of its vitamin E and good fats, can also be use as an ingredient part in many cosmetic products such as face cream, shampoo, and much more.

Agriculture Uses

The good thing about peanut is its use back in agriculture. First off peanuts can put nitrogen back in soil which any plant needs to grow properly.

The “peanut cake” after the oil process can be used as animal feeds and even as a soil fertilizer while peanut shells that are high in fiber can also be used as feeds and help insulate the soil.

The peanut plant can be dried for use as fodder and can be feed to ruminant livestock for high protein diet.

Peanuts and Allergies

Studies have shown that individuals who grow up in a big city and lack exposure to farm environment has high chance of having this kind of food allergies. Other conclusion imply on how the peanuts are prepared from planting to harvesting.

Peanut allergies can be fast dangerous to some people if not treated right away. If you still haven’t tried a peanut dish or tried eating a peanut, it is best to consult a doctor first and not give any chances.