Just a Fistful of Peanuts

Some of us love peanuts so much that we can easily get carried away after chewing the first few pulses. The crunch of the peanut gives a sense of satisfaction, while for others it is a bit of stress release. As many of us know, these legumes are found practically at every event. In fact we see them maybe in our favorite bar/pub or club, and even in our hang-out spot. When you go to your next cocktail party, chances are that a jug or bowl full of peanuts will be on the table with all of the other treats. The challenge here as well, is that as we get into active conversation during our cocktail session, is that sometimes we lose track of how many of these peanuts we’ve consumed.

These pods are flexible enough to be in salads and other forms of cuisine including in Asian culture it is grounded to a paste and used to thicken sauces and soups. In African cuisine, peanut and tomato soup is quite popular, and across other continents, peanuts are used to garnish desserts and in stir fried foods. Some others use peanut and yogurt as a smoothie maybe for breakfast or for a “filler” meal, and doing this will tend to stave off hunger just a bit longer.

Now that we have a snap-shot of the some of the varied uses of peanuts, one may wonder just how much of it should we be using?

Quantity

Some of us already know the answer but as a gentle reminder – the recommended portion for a daily serving is in our hands. In other words the recommended daily serving for peanuts is a handful of peanuts. Of course this is a very rough guide, but a relatively good enough measuring stick in consistency. Once this is followed, then the benefits of consuming peanuts come to the forefront. These benefits include that they are a phenomenal source of energy, and good protein content. Other benefits include being a great source of minerals and vitamins such as Vitamin E, Thiamin, Magnesium. Minerals such as biotin, copper and folate are found here.

Fats in peanuts? Don’t worry too much here…

Including peanuts also in the diet showed in various research, that there is a decline in cardiovascular risk, and in some cases as much as 30% reduction. Persons can easily speak with their dietitian on this as each individual is unique in their specific requirements. This food lends to assisting in good blood flow in the body and also the health of the walls of our arteries. The benefit means that blood clotting is reduced, our organs generally get better since a good blood supply is occurring and some persons even see benefits in the skin.

These legumes also helps in the hair and scalp. It is the power-packed nutrients in them that aids in healthy hair. The high level of omega 3 fatty-acids strengthen the scalps health and promote hair growth by supporting the hair follicles.

Peanut is an excellent source of L-Arginine, an amino acid which is very helpful for treating male pattern baldness and to encourage the growth of healthy hair...

Depression is a real condition to battle through for many individuals. Chemically, a low Serotonin level is a factor which also leads to depression. This serving of peanuts or as recommended by your profession, can have a positive impact. Consuming peanuts can lead to our bodies making use of another chemical called Tryptophan. It is this Tryptophan in the peanuts which stimulates the release of more Serotonin and helps in fighting depression.

A quick synopsis of the benefits of the peanut once not overeaten, shows several benefits such as:

  • Reducing Bad Cholesterol and increases production of Good Cholesterol
  • Good in growth and development
  • Fights Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Helps the skin & Regulates Blood Sugar
  • Good in reducing chances of Stomach Cancer & Colon Cancer
  • Helps persons avoid gall-stones
  • Good in Healthy Weight Gain….just to name a few.

As with anything, persons with peanut allergies, are minded to also consult their medical practitioner, before consuming just a fistful of peanuts in their diets. This has to be taken into consideration in order to weight the pros and cons of eating peanuts.

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