Peanuts! Head about the health Benefits of this humble household Snack?
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Peanuts! Head about the health Benefits of this humble household Snack?

Nov 12, 2018

Refered as “Mungfali“ in Hindi, ‘Pallelu‘ in Telugu, ‘Kadalai‘ in Tamil, ‘Nilakkadala‘ in Malayalam and ‘Kadale kaayi‘ in Kannada, Peanuts are delicious crunchy snacks available all over India, almost in all seasons. Hailing from the family of legumes just like beans and peas, peanuts are loaded with plant-based proteins. As they come enclosed inside hard wrinkled shells and possess crunchy texture, they are often considered as nuts along with almonds and cashews. The shells are broken and the edible kernels inside are used for consumption. The kernels are wrapped with thin, brown-colored skin and can be split into two halves like all other legumes.

These simple nutty legumes are easily available at affordable prices. They offer a variety of nutrients like Vitamin E, proteins, magnesium and many other minerals. Since they are cheap, they can be used as substitutes for other expensive nuts like almonds, pistachios, cashews, pine-nuts and walnuts. 

benefits of peanuts weight loss
benefits of peanuts weight loss

The yummy kernels are consumed in a number of interesting ways.

They are dry roasted, salted or boiled and taken as snacks in many Indian households. Dissolving peanut paste in curries gives them a creamy texture. Dry roasted peanuts are crushed and added to salads and stir fried to bulk up the flavor and to give a nutty touch. Peanut chutneys serve as an excellent dip to vegetable and meat kebabs. Crushed nuts are boiled in a thick solution made of unprocessed sugar to make groundnut candies. These burfies (nut candies) are one of the healthiest ways to treat one’s sweet cravings.

Peanut butter is a very popular sandwich spread and is also used in making cakes and pastries. Oil extracted from the legumes is a very good source of good fats.

The peanut, apart from being a versatile ingredient, offers a number of health benefits.

Prevents heart diseases

The healthy nuts are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids which help to lower the bad cholesterol level in blood. This in turn reduces the risk of clogged blood vessel, coronary heart disease and stroke.

Helps to put off Diabetes

The magnesium content present in peanuts lowers the possibility of diabetes. The mineral plays a big role in handling the fat and carbohydrate metabolism in the body

Anti-cancerous properties

Phytosterol called beta-sitosterol occurring in these shelled legumes controls the growth of tumours. Studies have proven that men and women who consumed appropriate amount of peanuts regularly had less chances of colon cancer.

Improves brain functioning

Peanuts contain a few compounds that increase the flow of oxygenated blood to brain. This condition favors efficient functioning of the organ, thus improving the memory power and cognitive abilities.

Prevents heart diseases
Prevents heart diseases

Help Fight Depression

Depression is a common problem occurring due to the inadequate secretion of serotonin in brain. Amino acids loaded in peanuts aid the secretion of serotonin and fights depression. Thus, grabbing a handful of peanut can be a perfect antidepressant remedy.

Helps in weight loss

Regular eating of nuts can increase the metabolic rate which makes the body burn more calories. A handful of unsalted nuts can make the person feel fuller and releases the energy slowly into blood stream. The person doesn’t feel hungry for a long time but stays energetic. These factors bring down the body weight.

Healthy pregnancy

Folate present in peanuts nourishes the fetus as well as the carrying mother. Consuming peanuts can lower the risk of neural tube defects.

Hair and Skin care

Toxins can clog the pores in skin and can cause breakouts. Snacking on peanuts helps to remove the toxins and gives a clear and even skin tone. Biotin in the legumes postpones wrinkles and aging of skin.

Peanuts provide a lot of minerals and micronutrients which strengthens the hair follicles. Healthy follicles give rise to strong, pigmented and long hair. 

Caution!

Peanuts are great sources of energy. But excessive consumption may lead to heartburn, gas trouble and food allergies. Peanut allergy is one of the common issues in the world, which is characterized by tingling sensation in the tongue, followed by swollen neck and breathing trouble. The nutty legumes infected by a certain variety of fungus can be very dangerous and sometimes fatal.

Thus, the super tasty peanuts with so much of goodness are absolutely great when enjoyed in appropriate portions and bad when taken beyond recommended limits.